Jury selection in the federal trial of a 62 year old Schuyler County man accused of using religious and morbid themes in the sexual abuse of boys is scheduled to begin February 4th.
In a federal complaint, Daryl Vonnedia is accused of abusing four boys he found at a Horseheads church by pretending to kill them, asking them to play dead and instructing them to touch themselves. The town of Dix man is charged with three counts of producing child pornography, nine counts of possessing child pornography and two counts of transporting minors across state lines for sex. He also faces charges in Schuyler County of sexual abuse and course of conduct against a child.
Vonneida's request to have all but two of the federal counts against him dismissed was denied last month. He has three sex abuse convictions dating back to 1970. If convicted on the federal counts, Vonneida faces life in prison.