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Orange County NewsFor Immediate Release Contact: Christopher BorekJune 27, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence
In Rape Case
46 YearOld Woman Convicted of After Trail of Rape in the Third Degree and Related Charges for Sexual Intercourse with Boy Under 17 Years of Age Sentenced to 6 Years in State Prison
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Mary Thompson 46, of Montgomery, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge William DeProspo to six years in state prison and post-release supervision for having twice engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with a boy who was under seventeen years of age. On January 29, 2018, Thomson was convicted after a bench trial 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. 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 and oral sex.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their arrest and investigation of the case.
“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,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “For that conduct she deserved to be sentenced to state prison. 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 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.