ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...
martedì 11 luglio 2017
Paedo babysitter sentenced for sexual abuse of children
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Guilderland man learned how long he'll spend in prison for having sexual contact with a child.
James Hockenbury, who pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a child last year, took a new plea deal Monday morning during his scheduled sentencing.
However, it wasn't the plea deal he expected. Judge Peter Lynch denied the original 10-year deal and increased it, giving Hockenbury the option to spend 15 years in prison or take the case to trial. Hockenbury chose the 15-year deal.
The court also heard from two families impacted by Hockenbury's actions. The first said the law does not allow for what she thinks he deserves. The second commented that "no sentence can undo the harm."
According to the impact statements in court, Hockenbury used his role as a babysitter to groom children before touching them inappropriately.
Hockenbury's prison sentence with be followed by 20 years of supervised release.
"This is one of those cases where you see a predator basically avail himself to every opportunity where he can be around children,” said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
Hockenbury did briefly speak to the court, saying he was sorry for what happened.