DA: Man found guilty of sexually assaulting, plotting to kill young child
COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. – A Columbia County jury has found a man guilty of sexually assaulting a young child.
According to District Attorney Paul Czajka, a jury of nine men and three women found Perry Pendell guilty of one count of Criminal Solicitation (to Murder), nine counts of Rape in the Second Degree, one count of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, and four counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child.
Officials said Pendell sexually assaulted a young child over the course of several weeks in 2012. Authorities say that when the man was arrested, he plotted to have his victim murdered.
The trial took seven days in Columbia County and included witness testimonies from the child victim, two Secret Service Agents, and Columbia County Sheriff’s Investigators and Deputies.
The jury deliberated for five hours after they were dismissed on June 19.
The Chestertown man faces over 70 years with the New York State Department of Corrections when he is sentenced on August 19, 2014.