PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. - A 30-year-old Carmel man has been convicted on charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old described as a family friend in the man's home, Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy announced Monday.
Daniel G. Moloney, Jr., of East Lake Boulevard in the Town of Carmel was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class D felony. He was sentenced on July 12 to six months in jail, 10 years of sex offender probation, an order of protection and sex offender registration.
The victim’s mother submitted a statement to the court on the day of sentence, saying “because of your disgusting shameful acts she will never look at life the same and she’s just a child whose life barely began."
The Putnam County Sheriff’s office received a complaint that the 14-year-old victim had been sexually abused in Moloney's bedroom on Sept. 25, 2016.
The victim, who was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center by DA Investigator Jaemie Caban and Investigator Shaun Menton of the Putnam County Seriff's Office, revealed that Moloney, a family friend, brought the victim to his bedroom under the guise they were going to watch TV, Tendy said.
Once in the bedroom, Moloney sexually assaulted the victim and threated to use restraining devices if she did not comply, according to Tendy.
A joint effort between law enforcement and the DA’s Office led to the execution of a search warrant and the recovery of the restraints.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Chana Krauss refused to plea bargain the case and Moloney ultimately pleaded guilty as charged.
Moloney waived his right to appeal and the young victim was spared the trauma of testifying, Tendy said.
"I want the message to be clear; we will fight tooth and nail to protect our children, if you harm a child here in Putnam County, you will be found, prosecuted and held accountable by the most aggressive team," Tendy said. "This case was investigated prosecuted swiftly and effectively as a joint effort between the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the DA’s Office."
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