Police: Local man offered children money to perform sexual acts on each other

KINGSBURY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man was arrested for paying children to have sex.

Robert Nolan Middleton, 62, of Kingsbury and San Francisco, Calif., was arrested after police said he offered children, under the age of 15, money to perform sexual acts and engage in sexual conduct with each other.

Washington County investigators said Middleton would befriend kids in the area and offer them money and other enticements. They said he’d invite kids to his home in Kingsbury.

Joe Wright, a parent of two, is a neighbor of Middleton’s in Kingsbury. He was disturbed to learn of the arrest.

“People shouldn’t be treating young kids like that,” he said. “Shouldn’t treat anybody like that.”

Middleton was charged with two counts of attempted use of a sexual performance by a child and two counts of attempted promoting prostitution. The Washington County District Attorney’s Office could file more charges and take grand jury action.

Investigators said the current charges are based on two alleged victims, but they believe there are several more that span multiple jurisdictions from various years.

Middleton’s primary residence is in California, but he frequently travels between there and Kingsbury. Court records show he was convicted of Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14 in California in 1990. He spent four years in prison and is a registered sex offender in California.

Investigators said Middleton has significant ties to the Washington County area. He befriended children and used them to attract others. Some he met through adult acquaintances.

Wright said he now doesn’t feel safe in his neighborhood, especially with a 15-year-old daughter.

“She has friends over all the time, and from now on, when they’re outside, I’ll keep a closer eye on what’s going on,” he said.

Middleton was arrested and arraigned in the Town of Kingsbury Court. He was remanded to the Washington County Jail without bail.

Anyone with information on the investigation or who may have been victimized by Middleton is urged to contact police at (518) 746-2497.

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