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Posted on: September 26, 2023

District Attorney Hoovler Details Lengthy Prison Sentence Child Rape Case

District Attorney Hoovler Details Lengthy Prison Sentence Child Rape Case


Defendant Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison to Run Consecutive to Prison Sentence in Connecticut

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, Patrick Lynch, age 44, of Bethel Connecticut, was sentenced in Orange County Court to eighteen (18) years in prison to be followed by twenty (20) years of post-release supervision to run consecutive to a prison sentence imposed in the State of Connecticut in relation to his prior guilty plea to Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree.  As part of the sentence, Lynch will also be registered as a sex offender under the New York Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA).

The defendant previously admitted in Court that, being eighteen (18) years or older, over a period of time not less than three months in duration he engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct which included at least one act of sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct, anal sexual conduct or aggravated sexual conduct with a child who was less than thirteen years old.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Orange County Child Abuse Investigation Unit and the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant.

“The defendant’s admitted conduct is deviant and destructive,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “The lengthy sentence imposed is appropriate because there is no adequate response to such behavior short of incarceration for the longest terms possible.  My Office will continue to utilize all resources available to pursue and prosecute sexual predators.  I hope that the sentence imposed will offer a degree of closure to the victim in this case.”

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Mangold.

A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police 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.



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