RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man is now behind bars without bail, arrested in connection with a Colonie Police sting operation.
Police say 45-year-old Bernard Milewski of Rensselaer, a level-one sex offender, attempted to meet up with an undercover officer posing as a young boy. Police say they have not conducted too many sting operations like this one, but plan to do more in the future.
Milewski contacted an undercover Colonie officer who was posing as a young boy online.
Authorities say Milewski sent text messages and online conversations to an undercover Colonie Police Officer he believed to be a 15-year-old boy. According to police, Milewski attempted to meet up for sex on Friday afternoon at the Colonie mall, but police say when officers tried to stop him at the meet up, he sped off in his car almost striking two Colonie officers.
“He took the opportunity and did drive at one of our unmarked cars and did almost strike one of our officers and he was able to flee the parking lot,” said Lt. Bob Winn with the Colonie Police Department.
Multiple agencies were on the lookout and his car was later found on Lark Street in Albany by an Albany Police Officer.
“We did seize some media devices that are going to be examined forensically to determine if there were any other meetings and then we would try to identify the victims from there,” said Lt. Winn.
Milewski is set to appear at Colonie town Court Monday night at 6:00 p.m. He’s charged with Attempt to Disseminate Indecent Material to a Minor, Attempted Endangering Welfare of a Child, and Reckless Endangerment.
Neighbors in Rensselaer where Bernard Milewski lives are in shock but so is his wife, who spoke with NEWS10’s Lindsay Nielsen off camera saying she had no idea her husband was allegedly trying to have sexual contact with a child and she wants to protect their children.
“I use to go over there for parties in the summer time all the time and it’s a really big shock. I’m like, lost for words,” said neighbor Alexandra Hannon.
Lt. Winn says Milewski is a registered sex offender for a past incident involving sexual contact with a child. Investigators believe this recent incident was an isolated one, but they are still going through evidence collected at his home and working to determine if any victims exist.
“Now it makes me worry that what was happening when my kid was going over there which really scares me even more,” said Hannon.