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.
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.”
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.