SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. – A Porters Corners man has been sentenced to 8 years in a state correctional facility for two felony counts of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child, in the 2nd-Degree.
Saratoga County District Attorney James a Murphy, III announced Thursday that the defendant, Michael A. Santiago, 42, formerly of Saratoga Springs, and presently of Porters Corners, N.Y. was sentenced to a total of 8 years in a state correctional facility.
The jury convicted the defendant of two counts, one for each victim. The judge sentenced the defendant to 4 years in prison for each girl, to run consecutively. In addition the judge sentenced the defendant to 10 years of parole and Santiago will also be registered on the NYS Sex Offender Registry at the conclusion of his incarceration.
The two teenage girls, now 18-Victim 1 and now 17-Victim 2, testified that they had been subjected to sexual contact by the defendant between 2001 and 2006 for victim 1 and between 2001 and 2008 for victim 2. Victim 1 was between the ages of 7 and 12 during the sexual contact and victim 2 was between the ages of 6 and 12. One of the victims disclosed the abuse to an adult and said "I just couldn't hold it in any longer".
The victims were known to the defendant and were not strangers.
The sexual acts occurred in the defendant's residence. He had access to the girls when they were at his house and no other adults were present. The abuse occurred separately so that the girls never knew if the other girl was a victim.
He said if they told they would get in "trouble "and their parents would get in "trouble."
The defendant now faces up to 7 years on each of the two convictions, possibly to run consecutively, plus post release supervision.
One girl said, "I have to work hard every day to find happiness in the things other young people have taken for granted because of what you have done to me. It has taken my whole youth to gain confidence in myself and the people who have loved me all along."
The victim after hearing the verdict said, "The DA's Office taught me that it is OK for me to stand up for myself."
The defendant was remanded into the custody of the Saratoga County Sheriff for delivery into the custody of the NYS Dept. of Correctional Services.