TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — A Tompkins County grand jury has indicted a McLean man charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.

Joseph S. Ingrahm, 62, of McLean, was indicted Thursday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court records, on Jan. 18, Ingrahm was left alone in a room with a 5-year-old girl in Groton. Records state that Ingrahm had the child on his lap and touched the girl inappropriately over her clothing. A 60-year-old woman entered the room and witnessed what Ingrahm was doing and confronted him, records state. The child said Ingrahm had touched her “privates.”

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and during an interview with investigators, Ingrahm allegedly admitted to “rubbing the child’s vagina over her clothing” and said what he had done was “perverted” and acknowledged what he did was wrong, court records state.

Ingrahm was arrested Jan. 22 by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Dan Donahue, public information officer for the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office said Ingrahm is not in jail.

He is due to be arraigned on the indictment Feb. 9 in Tompkins County Court.

Kelsey O'Connor

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