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Croote sentenced to 25 years to life for sexually assaulting child


ALBANY, N.Y. - A 24-year-old New Scotland man was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison on Friday morning for engaging in sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl, Albany County District Attorney David Soares says.

Adam Croote pleaded guilty in March to Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child for the June 2011 incident in which he sexually assaulted the girl he was babysitting.

A representative from the victim's family read victim impact statements in court during the sentencing.

After the incident last year, NEWS10 exclusively obtained police documents in which Croote admitted to sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a 10-year-old girl he was babysitting after school. Croote says he and the young girl played Monopoly and an X-Box game for awhile and she left the room to get a snack. At this point Croote says "I took off my pants and boxers. She came back and saw me naked from the waist down and looked at my but didn't say anything."

Croote was already a registered sex offender in Albany County.

Some may remember "Little Adam Croote" from the 1990's. 

In 1990, Croote as a toddler had been witness to the murder of his pregnant mother by his father while the family was living in Georgia.

After the murder, Croote was in the middle of a vicious custody battle leading to being abducted by his maternal grandparents. The grandparents were eventually caught in 1995 and arrested.

Croote became a "poster child" for missing children. In 1996, he visited President Bill Clinton in the White House when the President signed an executive order mandating that federal buildings allow space to post missing child posters.

Croote was first arrested in MA on felony charges for sexual touching at 25-year-old woman and became a sex offender as a teenager.

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