Kent man due in court on sex assault charge reportedly found dead
KENT — A local plumbing contractor was found dead Thursday, one day before he was due in court on a charge of sexual assault of a minor, according to published reports.
Eric Fenyes, 46, was found dead in his Mountain Road home in Kent after fire units and medics responded to the house around 4:15 p.m. Thursday. State police told The Republican-American of Waterbury that a gun was used in Fenyes’ death and foul play was not suspected.
Fenyes was scheduled to appear in court in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Friday.
Although he owned a property in Kent, he lived at an address on Quake Ridge Road in Sherman, records indicate.
On Tuesday, police from the Poughkeepsie state police barracks charged Fenyes with second-degree criminal sex act, a felony offense. Police said the Sherman man allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 15 at a hotel in Poughkeepsie last November.
Fenyes was arraigned and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail until he could meet bail. He was scheduled to appear at the town of Poughkeepsie Court on Friday.
It’s unclear what happens to the case against Fenyes at this point.
Fenyes was the owner of Fenyes Plumbing and Heating, according to records from the Better Business Bureau. The records showed Fenyes started the South Kent-based business in 1999 and it became incorporated in 2007.
Police had asked earlier this week for anyone to call 845-677-7375 to report any allegations against Fenyes.