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Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced that on Thursday, January 10th, 2019, Christopher Downey, age 32, plead guilty to one count of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree today in Rensselaer County Court.The defendant will be sentenced to a term of fifteen (15) years incarceration in state prison followed by ten (10) years of post-release supervision. The defendant admitted that over a period of time, not less than three months in duration, he engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct, which included at least one act of sexual intercourse or anal sexual conduct with a child less than eleven years old.

The defendant will be sentenced on February 1, 2019 in front of the Honorable Debra J. Young.

Donnelly said, “This guilty plea ensures that Christopher Downey is imprisoned and unable to cause harm to any more children. I thank Rensselaer County CPS as well as the professionals at the START Children’s Center for the dedicated support shown for this young victim.”

Assistant District Attorney Cheryl A. McDermott prosecuted the case.