November 28, 2012

Peru man gets 20 to life for sexual abuse of 11-year-old


---- — PLATTSBURGH —  Benjamin R. Garrow will serve 20 years to life for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.

The Peru man pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault against a child, a violent felony, and on Monday in Clinton County Supreme Court, Judge Timothy Lawliss handed down the negotiated sentence.

Garrow was charged April 18 with first-degree rape, a felony, involving the same child, who was 13 at the time of his arrest. The rape had been reported on June 9, 2011, and State Police said that, at the time of the April 2012 arrest, the girl had become pregnant.

“DNA testing established he was the father (after the birth),” said Assistant District Attorney Jaime Douthat, who prosecuted the case with ADA Domenica Padula.

Padula said the violent felony perpetrated against the child when she was 11 would bring the most severe penalty, which is why the case focused on the charge of predatory sexual abuse.

During the sentencing, Garrow, who was represented by attorney Rebecca Fox, told the court, “l’m sorry for everything I’ve done,” according to a statement from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

“While this has been a particularly heartbreaking case, the resilience, bravery and strength that the victim has shown throughout this entire process has been truly extraordinary,” District Attorney Andrew Wylie said.

“My office will continue to support victims of sexual abuse by showing that they do not stand alone and that we will hold their abusers fully accountable under the law.”

Garrow, 30, was ordered to register as a sex offender, and Lawliss issued a 25-year order of protection for the victim.

As of Tuesday, Garriw remained in Clinton County Jail.

Email Suzanne Moore: