One-time candidate accused of sex abuse

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Lewiston man who once ran for a seat on the Niagara Falls City Council has been arrested on charges he had sexual contact with a child.

Robert Elder, 34, was arrested Friday following an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau. He is charged with one count of second degree course of sexual conduct against a child, which is a felony.

Elder, a U.S. Army veteran and owner of M&E Legal Documents, according to the Niagara Gazette, ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in Niagara Falls last year.

After being arraigned, Elder was taken to the Niagara County Jail on $5,000 bail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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