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Schenectady resident confesses to sexually assaulting a minor, according to district attorney

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SCHENECTADY – A city man admitted this week to sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13, Schenectady County District ‍Attorney’s officials said.

Officials cited the case⁣ as showing the value of the⁤ Schenectady County Child Advocacy Center, described ​as a child-friendly environment specifically designed to forensically interview children related to physical or sexual abuse.

Juan Garcia-Pleitez, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, ​prosecutors said.

This case highlights the importance of creating⁤ safe spaces for children to disclose abuse and receive ‍the support they need.

He is to be sentenced later⁣ to between 12 and 15 years in state prison, officials said. He is also to receive 20‍ years of post-release supervision.

He is to be sentenced in March.

Garcia-Pleitez admitted to sexually assaulting the child known⁣ to ‍him in⁣ August in‍ Schenectady, officials ⁣said.

The investigation began when the ⁤child disclosed the assault to her mother, who immediately contacted⁢ police.

Detectives from the Schenectady Police ⁤Department’s Youth Aid Bureau investigated and the child was interviewed at⁢ the Schenectady Child Advocacy Center.

The center is run and staffed by the Schenectady County District Attorney’s ‍Office and is ‌nationally accredited.

Those involved in the investigation were able​ to continue their investigation⁤ there.

“This case illustrates the value⁢ of the Child Advocacy Center,” Schenectady County District Attorney ⁣Robert Carney said in a statement. “It is a one stop shop where children can be examined and questioned by trained professionals, ⁢doing the best they can ​to ⁤gather the evidence we need to hold offenders accountable while minimizing trauma to child victims.”

The center also offers counseling at⁤ no charge for victims and their families and help accessing crime victims funding through the state, officials ‌said.

The center is under the direction of ⁣Susan Casey and “is ⁤a genuine asset to the people of Schenectady County,” Carney said.

Special Victim Bureau Chief ⁤John J. Carson prosecuted. Garcia-Pleitez was​ represented by attorney Lee Kindlon. Judge Matthew J. Sypniewski presided.

It ⁢is ⁤crucial to provide support and resources for victims and their families to help them heal and recover from such traumatic ‍experiences.

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Juniper Li
Juniper Li
Juniper Li, with her roots in documentary filmmaking, brings a unique narrative style to local news reporting. A graduate of NYU’s Journalism program, Ava has a keen eye for stories that capture the essence of community life. Her reporting often highlights local achievements and challenges, drawing on her experience in visual storytelling.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Agree: This is absolutely horrifying. The justice system must ensure severe punishment for such acts to protect children and prevent others from committing similar crimes.

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