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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release
Contact: Christopher BorekJanuary 29, 2018
District Attorney Hoovler Announces Guilty Verdict In Rape Case
46 Year Old Woman Convicted of After Trial of Rape in the Third Degree and Related Charges for Sexual Intercourse with Boy Under Seventeen Years of Age
Faces Up To 14 Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Monday, January 29, 2018, Mary Thompson 46, of Montgomery, was convicted after a bench trial before Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo, of two counts of Rape in the Third Degree, two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, for having twice engaged in sexual intercourse with a boy who was under seventeen years of age. Thompson had been employed as a teacher’s aide at the time of crimes, although her dealings with the child were not alleged to have been related to her employment.
During the trial prosecutors argued that on February 17, 2017, and again on February 20, 2017, Thompson had taken the less than seventeen-year-old boy to a motel room where they spent the night and engaged in sexual intercourse.
Thompson was remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail following the verdict. She is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16, 2018, and faces up to seven years in state prison for each of the felony counts of Rape in the Third Degree.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their arrest and investigation of the case.
“The court’s verdict that this defendant twice engaged in sexual intercourse with a child of less than seventeen was clearly supported by evidence,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “This defendant took advantage of a teenager, and knowingly acted in a manner that she knew would be injurious to his mental and moral welfare. It is disturbing that someone who committed these crimes was a teacher’s aide at the time. I commend the New York State Police for their thorough investigation of this case and their assistance at the trial.”
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Milza and Assistant District Attorney Eric Parker who prosecuted the case.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.