ALBANY, N.Y. – A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake is currently at the center of two legal cases and a separate federal investigation by Homeland Security.
John Halacy, 24, of Rensselaer, appeared in Albany County Court Thursday and pled not guilty to one felony count of Burglary in the second-degree.
An Albany County Grand Jury previously returned an indictment alleging on November 28, 2013, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., Halacy unlawfully entered a residence with the intent to commit a crime. On December 3, Colonie Police executed a warrant at his apartment, discovering some of the stolen items, totaling nearly $10,000.
Two co-defendants, Halacy's brother Raymond M. Halacy, 19, and Andre Beverly, 18, were also indicted and were taken into custody by US Marshalls in Broward County Florida. They are being held, pending extradition, to face Burglary charges.
Halacy was remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.
On Wednesday, he appeared in Rensselaer City Court to face misdemeanor charges of second-degree Attempted Rape, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawful Imprisonment before he was arrested on the Albany County burglary warrant.
In February, Halacy was arrested after detectives determined he had been sexually abusing a 13-year-old and 14-year-old female in the city of Rensselaer between December 1, 2012 and February 8, 2013. Police also believed Halacy supplied the girls with prescription drugs.
He walked free in November due to a paperwork error after facing 19 felony charges, including Rape. The teenage victims and their family members were outraged over the mistake.
Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally previously stated he takes full responsibility for the paperwork mishap and he apologizes to the victims and their families. However, when asked by NEWS10 ABC to speak on camera about the paperwork mistake, he has refused.
On Tuesday, December 10, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at Halacy's Rensselaer city apartment. Officials have not commented on the nature of the warrant, but a number of boxes were removed from the home.
NEWS10 ABC reached out to the Albany County District Attorney, the Rensselaer County District Attorney and the US Attorney's Office on Thursday for comment, but all declined.
341 Northern Blvd., Albany, NY 12204
Can’t find something?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Albany, Inc. A Media General Company.