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Detective worries there may be more victims locally of alleged child molester

Submitted by Howard Owens on November 10, 2013 – 1:52pm

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It’s not hard to imagine there are possibly more victims locally of Sean Vickers, who is facing multiple felony counts of alleged child sexual abuse in Genesee and Niagara counties, said Det. Kevin Czora.

Vickers was indicted Friday on 10 more felony counts stemming for the alleged abuse of four victims from the 1990s to the 2000s in Batavia. The 44-year-old Geneva resident was originally arrested in May following an investigation by Batavia PD that started when Niagara County investigators brought information to local detectives about potential victims in the city.

Since Vickers lived in more than one residence in the county over the years, Czora said, it’s possible — if Vickers is the kind of monster the charges against him suggest — that there are victims out there whom local investigators know nothing about.

“Currently, just by the numbers we’re aware of, he’s a serial abuser,” Czora said.

That’s why local investigators are asking anybody who knows anything about Vickers and possible victims to contact law enforcement.

To contact Batavia PD, call (585) 345-6350 or outside the city, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Vickers is accused of sexually molesting three boys in the Barker and Middleport areas last year. Last month he was indicated in Niagara County on six counts of predatory sexual assault against a child. He faces from 25 years to life in prison on the Genesee and Niagara counties charges.

At the time of his arrest, Vickers was already a registered Level 3 sex offender. He had a misdemeanor conviction for a sexual act in Monroe County and in 2009 he was convicted of a felony in New Hampshire for victimizing an underage boy there.

Last May, David A. Vickers, the 49-year-old brother of Sean, was arrested on a federal charge of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity. The charge carries a maximum possible sentence of life in federal prison.

David Vickers is accused of molesting a boy from Buffalo over a 10-year period and a Batavia boy over a five-year period, according to the Buffalo News. The first case allegedly began in 1989 and the second in 1999.

Sean Vickers allegedly introduced his brother to the Batavia boy.

When news broke of Vicker’s arrest in May, the media reports prompted some people who are now adults to come forward and report they were allegedly abused by Vickers.

In the cases of those adults, however, the alleged crimes happened at a time when the state’s statute of limitations on child sexual abuse was five years.

That doesn’t mean, however, knowing about those alleged acts and gathering that evidence is a waste in the Vicker’s case, Czora said. The more evidence gathered, the more it will help in the prosecution of the alleged crimes that aren’t covered by the statute of limitations.

“We’ve reached out as best we can and now it’s a matter of them reaching out to us to let us know what they’re aware of and if they’ve been abused,” Czora said. “Some of them, depending on the time frame, we may not be able to do anything criminally, however, there’s always counseling, which every victim is entitled to even if the case is prosecuted or not.”

For the adults who did come forward after the news came out, there was a sense of closure, Czora said.

“Each case makes the other cases that much stronger and it shows the seriousness and how far Sean Vickers has gone and how he damaged so many different lives,” Czora said. “All that can be used later through the courts.”

VIckers is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on $500,000 bail or $500,000 bond. The judge in Niagara County ordered Vickers held without bail.