February 1, 2014

Man gets max for abusing girl


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man was sentenced to seven years in prison — the maximum time allowed — for sexually abusing a young girl.

Christopher Simpson, 48, had pleaded guilty Sept. 27, 2013, to first-degree sexual abuse after admitting to fondling the 9-year-old.

Simpson was sentenced on Jan. 10 in Clinton County Court, by Judge Patrick McGill, to seven years in prison, with five years of post-release supervision, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said Friday in a news release.

Assistant District Attorney Jaime Douthat and Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula prosecuted the case.

“Since the abuse was reported close to when the sexual contact actually happened, we were able to interrupt the grooming period (the manipulation that precedes abuse) and stop the abuse before it progressed any further,” Douthat said in a statement.

Simpson, who was represented by Matthew Favro, was also ordered to pay a fine, submit a DNA sample and register as a sex offender.

A stay-away order of protection was given to the victim.

Padula acknowledged the role of law enforcement in this prosecution.

“Successful cases are built on solid investigations, and we thank the detectives at the Plattsburgh City Police Department for their excellent work on this case,” she said in the release.