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DA: Schenectady man found guilty of violent sexual assault against child; 25-Faces of Life – Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County district attorney officials said a Schenectady man has been convicted of violent sexual assault against a child.

He could now face up to 25 years in state prison if sentenced later.

Joshua McCarty, 30, of Schenectady was indicted on Thursday after a jury trial in Schenectady County Court.

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Authorities said the jury found McCarty engaged in sexual conduct with a girl aged 4 to 6 years between December 2017 and June 2019. He was arrested in June 2019.

The investigation began when the child came forward and disclosed the sexual abuse by McCarty.

McCarty in a statement to City Police dated then. Officials said Matthew Thorne of the Schenectady Police Department’s Youth Support Bureau confessed to three acts of child sexual abuse during that time.

In a statement, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said the outcome was only possible because of the combined efforts of several people, including Thorne, Albany Medical Center nurse Kim Hoolihan, who examined the child and described what the child told her, The trial team was led by Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham and “finally and most importantly a very brave child who told the jury what happened to her.”

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“These cases are very difficult and we often provide some leeway to these defendants in order to protect a child from testifying,” Carney said. “We did the same in this case as well. The flip side of that coin is that when a defendant exercises his right of trial, knowing the evidence against him, including his prior confession to the police in this case, he has no leniency for his heinous crimes after sentencing. There should be no hope.

McCarty is to be sentenced later.

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