Chemung County Men Charged After Investigation Into Sexual Abuse Of Child

HORSEHEADS – On Tuesday, the New York State Police from Horseheads announced the arrest of two men after a month-long investigation into the report of child sexual abuse.  

Thirty three year-old Joseph D. Storch of Veteran was arrested for Sex Trafficking of a Child (B Felony). Storch was arraigned in the Town of Veteran Court and committed to the Chemung County Jail on a $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond pending future court proceedings. 


Sixty eight year-old Edward F. Wheaton of Elmira was also arrested on an arrest warrant charging him with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (A-II Felony).

State Police say Wheaton was arrested on the warrant by members of the Gaston County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department.  Wheaton was charged as a Fugitive From Justice and is being held in the Gaston County Jail while awaiting extradition back to New York State.  


The New York State Police were assisted in this investigation by Chemung County Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). 

The investigation is ongoing, and State Police say future charges are anticipated. Anyone with information regarding these two individuals is asked to contact the New York State Police at (585)–398-4100. 

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