WATERTOWN — In Jefferson County Court Thursday, former Clayton Mayor Dale A. Kenyon answered charges from a 22-count indictment brought against him in September.
Kenyon, 78, Clayton, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sex act, a felony, telling Judge James P. McClusky that he was entering his guilty plea “with extreme reservation.”
The plea was almost not accepted because Kenyon said “I don’t know” when asked by Judge McClusky what actions brought about the charges against him.
He was arrested by state police in September and accused of having inappropriate contact with a teenage boy between January and March 2010. He was originally indicted on 22 counts of third-degree criminal sex act.
Kenyon said in court that it was “not to my remembrance” that the crimes occurred during the time frame alleged in the indictment, but admitted that “there was a relationship” with the victim.
Assistant District Attorney George R. Shaffer III was reluctant to accept Kenyon’s plea and met briefly at the bench with Judge McClusky and defense attorney Eric T. Swartz. After the conference, Mr. Kenyon did acknowledge the allegations before submitting his plea.
He is expected to be sentenced at a later date to six months’ house arrest and 10 years’ probation and be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender. Kenyon was convicted of public lewdness in 2011 for exposing himself in view of a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. He was mayor of Clayton from 1995 to 2008.