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April 18, 2014

Mooers Forks man gets 15 years for sexually assaulting child

PLATTSBURGH — A Mooers Forks man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

Ricky McNeil, 55, was sentenced March 17 by Judge Timothy Lawliss in Clinton County Integrated Domestic Violence Court for three counts of second-degree rape, a felony, for repeatedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, according to a press release this week from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office. 

As part of the sentence, McNeil will be subject to five years of post-release supervision.

He was ordered to pay a fine, submit a DNA sample and register as a sex offender.

Lawliss also issued a stay-away order of protection.

“The victim in this case endured brutal attacks that left her feeling isolated and in constant fear of her abuser,” said Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula, who prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Jaime Douthat.

“Unfortunately, many predators trick their victims into believing that they are powerless and that no one can help them, but that’s a lie. The truth is that victims have the ultimate power, and that power is to tell.”

“The strength that it took for this victim to come forward and report her abuser is inspirational,” Douthat said. “It is our hope that other victims out there who may be in a similar situation will be encouraged to come forward and stop suffering in silence.”

District Attorney Andrew Wylie said prosecuting sex cases is difficult and that a thorough investigation often determines the strength of a case. He commended State Police Investigator Angela M. Toohill for her attention to detail and dedication to the case.

McNeil’s attorney was John Carter.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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