Former Colonie tae kwon do instructor hears from victim at rape sentencing
Updated 10:08 p.m.
SCHENECTADY Her mother at her side, the teenager read her statement to the court.
She spoke at the sentencing of Christopher S. Gallup, the now-28-year-old former tae kwon do instructor who admitted earlier to raping her four years ago, when she was just 12 and 13 years old.
The girl spoke of what Gallup had done to her. She also spoke of her intent to live a successful life going forward.
“You stole my innocence from me,” the girl said, addressing Gallup, “and forced me to grow up in certain ways before I was supposed to.”
Gallup appeared to stare forward, not reacting.
“I have many great things ahead of me and I’m not going to let you cripple my life,” the girl said at another point in her statement. “You are a bad person, everyone knows that.”
Gallup, formerly of Sand Creek Road, Colonie, pleaded guilty in November to one count of second-degree rape, a felony.
In exchange for his plea, Gallup received a sentence Friday of seven years in state prison. That sentence is to run at the same time as a similar sentence imposed in Albany County for possession of child pornography.
In Schenectady County, he admitted to having sex with the girl in 2009, when she was 13 and he was 24 years old, prosecutors have said. The girl described Gallup as controlling her life for two years.
The girl came forward after Gallup‘s earlier arrest on charges of child pornography and promoting a sexual performance by a child in Colonie, state police said previously.
In the Colonie case, Gallup was arrested following a search of his residence in which authorities seized several computers and media storage devices that authorities said contained child pornography.
Regarding the girl’s case, Gallup was initially charged with two separate counts of second-degree rape. State police said at the time of the arrest that the rapes occurred at a residence in Rotterdam and at a tae kwon do school located in Duanesburg. Gallup allegedly met the victim when he was an instructor at the school.
Police said Gallup was active in the tae kwon do community and is believed to have taught in many locations over the past few years. Prosecutors have said there was no indication there were other victims.