Sacco gets life in prison

NORWICH – Convicted child sex trafficker Dean Sacco appeared in Chenango County Court Wednesday after a federal judge gave him life in prison to be sentenced to another five years for his crimes in the City of Norwich.

Sacco, 50, of Jersey City, and his co-defendant Linda O’Connor, 47, appeared in federal court in Binghamton yesterday and received lengthy sentences from U.S. Senior District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

O’Connor and Sacco were found guilty after a four week federal trial of child sex trafficking and producing child pornography along with other federal charges in the seven-count indictment.

Sacco, who denies having sex with the girl, received life in prison. O’Connor received 30 years.

Sacco received a additional five-year concurrent sentence from Chenango Supreme Court Judge Kevin M. Dowd after pleading guilty to first degree sexual abuse.

“He is a pedophile and he is a danger to the community and every child he comes in contact with. I don’t say this often, but it will be a great pleasure to the community to know that he will be removed for the rest of his days,” said District Attorney Joseph McBride.

Sacco made his own remarks to the court, saying, “I am offended that Mr. McBride would call me a pedophile,” explaining that he had always been honest about his attraction in a book he wrote in 1998.

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