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University Police Officers’ Work Provides Critical Link to Conviction of SUNY Albany Rapist

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

An Albany County jury has convicted a Guilderland resident of Rape, in the First Degree, and two associated charges stemming from an assault upon a University at Albany student.

The October 2016 attack took place on the University’s uptown campus. University police officers and investigators responded to the incident which occurred at one of its residence halls, and apprehended the suspect within hours of the report.

Peter Barry, President of the PBA of New York State, and a 15 year veteran of the UAlbany police department said: “Our officers and investigators worked closely with prosecutors from Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office to assemble evidence that was collected and used to support an indictment, prosecution and conviction of a sexual predator. Their commitment, led by Investigator Benjamin Nagy, has helped remove a dangerous man from the community.”

The Honorable Thomas A. Breslin will sentence the defendant – who has a history of prior felonies – on February 5, 2018. The conviction under the most serious charge, a Class “B” felony carries a sentence of up to 25 years in state prison.

University Police Officers are members of the PBA of New York State, a 1,200 member labor organization focused on protecting the public and responsible for ensuring the well-being of its membership.