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Former Warren County camp counselor sentenced for abusing kids

June 21, 2019 06:26 PM

QUEENSBURY - He sexually abused young boys he was supposed to be caring for. On Friday, he learned his fate.

Dylan Stolz was arrested after a 9-year-old wrote home from the exclusive Brant Lake Camp, saying Stolz inappropriately touched him. Then, other children came forward. 

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Stolz, who was a counselor and supervisor at the camp in Horicon for 33 years, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison,

Before Judge Kelly McKeighan doled out the sentence, Stolz heard from one of his victims. 

A boy about 10-years-old told the court that he has nightmares and never feels safe.

"I never thought that someone I trusted and thought I knew, who was given the job to ensure my safety, would do something like this," the child said.

The court also heard from the mother of one of the young victims Stolz abused.

"I thought about calling him every name he rightfully deserves: molester, monster, pervert, pedophile, and predator."

The mother, applauded the bravery of her son, who was the first to come forward.

"It was his strength and courage that opened the door for the other victims to come forward," she said.

"The heartache, the pain, the suffering that their parents had to go through through all of this undoubtedly is going to continue to have a negative impact on all these children and it's all because of Dylan Stolz," said Assistant District Attorney Matt Burin.

Stolz was also sentenced to 10 years post release supervision.

Judge McKeighan asked Stolz if he had anything to say and he came up with just four words, "No, I do not."

But one of the young victims who did speak, said he no longer blames himself.
"I now know that it's not my fault and it's Dylan's fault for doing this and betraying all of our trust."

Stolz looked straight ahead and had no apparent reaction as he listened to the boy.

He will also have to register as a sex offender when he gets out of prison.

Stolz was also a fourth grade teacher at a school district on Long Island.

He was placed on leave after his arrest and will presumably lose his license to teach.

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Mark Mulholland

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