SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Joshua McCarty, 30, of Schenectady was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a child when she was between 4 and 6 years old. McCarty was given the maximum sentence allowed by Schenectady County Judge Mark Caruso.

McCarty was found guilty in November 2021 of engaging in sexual conduct with a female child between December 2017 and June 2019. An investigation was initiated after the child disclosed the abuse, and a jury convicted McCarty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

At sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Christina Tremante-Pelham asked the court to consider McCarty’s apparent lack of remorse and the long-term effects of sexual abuse. “Think about what his victim has been forced to deal with by the age of 8 years old, including engaging in sexual acts between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, having to endure a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination instead of attending her kindergarten graduation and having to relive her abuse over and over while going through the court process,” she said. “Her life is forever changed from the little girl she was before she was repeatedly sexually abused, and her abuser’s sentence should reflect that.”

McCarty admitted to three sexual acts with the child including one act involving oral sexual contact. A full stay-away order of protection for 75 years was also issued on behalf of the victim.