NORWICH – Three sex offenders with child victims appeared in Chenango County Court; one was sentenced, another arraigned, and a third’s risk level was assessed.
• Jeremy F. Courtney, 31 of Oxford, was indicted on Oct. 16, 2014 for criminal sexual act in the first degree, a class B felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
It is alleged on a day between the period of January through March of 2007, at a residence in the City of Norwich, Courtney did have a 5-year-old female victim perform an oral sexual act on him.
On Feb. 6, Courtney pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of criminal sexual act in the second degree, a class D felony.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese said a reduced charge was given to Courtney after taking into consideration his minimal criminal history, the fact that the incident “happened a long time ago” and the additional fact that it was an “isolated incident.”
“The most important factor is that he took full responsibility,” added Ferrarese.
The First ADA said another factor was that there was not a lot of evidence in the case, because it happened so many years ago and the victim did not want to participate and wanted to move on with her life.
Ferrarese said Courtney's behavior since the incident is evidence that the crime was out of character. He also said Courtney will spend some time in jail and “be watched for 10 years.”
“I believe it is a just sentence,” said Ferrarese.
Courtney's lawyer, Scott J. Clippinger, said, “I find myself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Mr. Ferrarese.”