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Phillips calls on Heggen to prosecute alleged sexual predator.

Michael Phillips, Democatic candidate for Saratoga District Attorney, called on current DA Karen Heggen to move the case against an alleged child rapist immediately to a grand jury. The case, he said, “has lingered for months for no reason other than possible favoritism to the predator.”  Jonathan Aronson, 51, was arrested on January 5, 2022 for felony first degree rape, felony predatory sexual assault against a child, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, involving an incident that allegedly occurred on January 1, 2021.  The charges were brought by a Saratoga County Sheriff’s investigator to Greenfield Town Court, where they have remained through at least two adjournments agreed to by Heggen’s office. Aronson was previously convicted of misdemeanor unlawful dealing with a child–alcohol in September 2012.  “It is beyond irresponsible for DA Heggen to allow this most recent case to malinger, and for Mr. Aronson to walk free in the community, without bringing the matter before a grand jury,” said Phillips. “I fear that [Aronson’s] wealth and prominence may be creating an atmosphere of favoritism in the courts and prosecutor’s offices. That’s wrong… We should have one standard of justice in Saratoga County, the same for the rich and the not rich, regardless of race, creed, color or economic circumstance.” Read the complete press release here.