COLONIE — An EMT working for the town was arrested for allegedly possessing and promoting child pornography.
On Thursday, April 21, Colonie police executed a search warrant on the Colonie residence of Tyges Besch, a 27-year-old who has been an EMT for 2.5 years. Several electronic devices were seized during the search and will be examined forensically for additional evidence, according to Lt. Daniel Belles.
Police do not believe there is a connection to his alleged activity and his employment with the town’s Emergency Medical Services Department. There are no known victims, Belles said in a statement.
Besch is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.
The investigation was initiated by a tip received by the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children. The investigation was conducted by the State Police Computer Crimes Unit in conjunction with the FBI, Homeland Security and Colonie police.
Besch was arraigned in front of the Judge Andrew Sommers in the Town of Colonie Justice Court on the felonies of promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child. He was released under the supervision of probation and is due back in court on Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Colonie Police at 518-783-2754. If you wish to report a tip anonymously, you can call Capital Region Crimestoppers at 1-833-ALB-TIPS, or go to capitalregioncrimestoppers.com.