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Life Imprisonment for Mayfield Individual in Schenectady Child Sexual Assault Case

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SCHENECTADY – A man ⁣from Mayfield was handed a prison sentence of 100‍ years to life ‌on Friday, in relation to a child sexual abuse case from 2021, as reported by the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office.

The man, 43-year-old Joshua Hodgson, received his sentence from Judge Mark Caruso following his conviction in January. Hodgson was found guilty​ of numerous charges stemming from a​ continuous sexual relationship with a 13-year-old​ girl, according to the prosecution.

The jury found him guilty of 20 felony ⁣charges and ‌three misdemeanors, all related to his ⁤crimes against the child, the prosecution added.

Judge Caruso, in delivering the life sentence, deemed Hodgson a “persistent felon” due to his⁣ extensive criminal record.

In his remarks during the sentencing, Judge Caruso labeled Hodgson ⁢a “persistent menace to society” and described‍ his repeated offenses against the child as “horrific,” as stated⁣ in a press‍ release from the prosecutors.

The court also heard from the victim’s‌ grandmother, who referred to Hodgson ‍as⁤ a “predator” and “monster,” the prosecutors reported.

The grandmother revealed that her ⁤granddaughter is still ‍undergoing counseling as ⁣a result of Hodgson’s⁣ crimes, according to the prosecution.

Hodgson also spoke in court, ‍portraying himself as the victim and showing no signs of remorse, the prosecution noted.

It was revealed that ‌Hodgson had been a long-time friend of the child’s father, who had allowed Hodgson to move into a spare⁣ bedroom as a gesture of goodwill, providing him with a place to live and a job, according⁣ to the prosecution.

However, after moving in, Hodgson groomed ⁤the girl and committed physical sexual assaults against her while living in the same house, the prosecution stated.

Even after moving out in August 2021, Hodgson maintained an inappropriate online sexual relationship with the child until September 15, 2021, when the child disclosed the situation⁣ to her family and law enforcement, the prosecution reported.

The case came to light when Hodgson sent several ‌threatening messages to the child and her ‌father, demanding the return of a silver chain cross necklace he had given to⁣ the​ child, according to the prosecution.

The child was subsequently ⁣interviewed at the Schenectady County Child ​Advocacy Center by a trained⁢ child forensic interviewer. The case was then thoroughly investigated by several detectives from the Schenectady Police Department’s Youth⁤ Aid Bureau.

During his interview with Schenectady Police Det. Timothy Rizzo, Hodgson admitted to having a relationship with the girl but denied any sexual⁢ involvement. However, an examination of his cell phone revealed numerous sexual images and videos of the child,⁢ along with hundreds of pages of inappropriate chat‌ messages between him ⁢and the victim, the prosecution revealed.

In a later statement, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney commented on the judge’s sentencing.

“Judge Caruso clearly felt that Mr. Hodgson needs to be removed ‌from society for the rest of his life and given his​ career of crime, character and⁤ stated lack of remorse for ⁣his actions, it is ⁣hard to argue with his conclusion,” Carney said.

The case was prosecuted by Schenectady County District Attorney’s Special Victim’s Bureau‌ Chief John J. Carson. Hodgson was represented by attorney Gennaro D. Calabrese.

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Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Disagree – Life imprisonment may be too harsh for a single case of child sexual assault in Mayfield.

  2. Agree – Perpetrators of child sexual assault deserve the harshest punishment possible to protect society and ensure justice for the victims.

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