NORTH ADAMS -- An alleged child molester who Troy, N.Y., police initially thought may be in North Adams has no connection to the city, according to Police Director Michael Cozzaglio.

North Adams police previously had notified the public about their search for Jesse Sawyer, 25, of Troy, who was wanted for allegedly sexually abusing three young children and photographing the acts.

Cozzaglio said North Adams police detectives, working with Troy police, were unable to corroborate that Sawyer had any family or personal connections to the city.

"We have no reliable information that he is in the city or he has been here," Cozzaglio said. "It doesn’t mean he may or may not show up."

Albany TV news broadcasts first reported that police in North Adams were looking for Sawyer, and that the FBI and U.S. Marshals were involved in the search. Cozzaglio said that North Adams police handled the investigation with the aid of Troy police but that no outside agencies were on the ground in North Adams as part of the search. Federal law enforcement have been involved in the case, he confirmed.

Anybody who has information on Sawyer, who is from Troy, or has seen him, are still asked to contact the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944. Police request that anybody who sights him refrain from approaching him or posting a picture of him or his location online.

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