Orange County News
For Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Greenbaum
March 7, 2023 845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces 22 Year Prison Sentence for Mamakating Highway Superintendent Found Guilty of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree
Defendant Found Guilty After Jury Trial
Defendant Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison with 20 Years of Post-Release Supervision
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Robert Hufcut, 56, of Wurtsboro, was sentenced to twenty-two (22) years in prison to be followed by twenty (20) years of post-release supervision after having been convicted after jury trial in the Orange County Court of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree. Hufcut will also be registered as a sex offender under the New York Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). The jury found, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Hufcut had, over a period of time not less than three months, engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child less than thirteen years old.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant.
“The sentence imposed on this defendant is justice considering the victim will live with the aftermath of the defendant’s conduct for life,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “I thank the law enforcement officers involved in the investigation of this case that helped to assure that the defendant’s actions were brought to light. I praise the courageous survivor in this case who came forward and testified about the traumatic events suffered at the hands of the defendant. Cases such as these remain a priority of my Office and we will not allow the challenges inherent in these types of cases to stand in the way of our pursuit of justice.”
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell who prosecuted the case.
This 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.