SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man was convicted Thursday of criminal sexual act against a 10-year-old boy, Schenectady County District Attorney’s officials said.
The jury returned the guilty verdict against Kevin Fessette, 29, after approximately 30 minutes of deliberations of one count each of first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, prosecutors said.
Fessette now faces up to 25 years in state prison at his sentencing later.
The trial, which began Monday and concluded Thursday, marked the first in Schenectady County since November and only the second since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state recently allowed trials to resume again.
Fessette was originally arrested in 2019, after the child first disclosed the sexual assault.
The jury convicted him of sexually abusing the child known to him in summer 2017. He was also convicted of showing the child pornographic materials prior to the sexual assault, prosecutors said.
After the child’s disclosure in summer 2019, the case was referred to the Schenectady Police Department’s Youth Aid Bureau and the investigation assigned to Det. Timothy Rizzo, prosecutors said.
The detective then interviewed Fessette, resulting in a videotaped recorded confession to all of the allegations made by the child, prosecutors said.
“This outcome was made possible by the courage of a now-14-year-old boy who was able to confront his abuser through testimony and the extremely professional work of Schenectady Police Investigator Tim Rizzo, who, in a three hour interview, established a rapport with Mr. Fessette and obtained the truth from him without ever suggesting to him what he believed that truth to be,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement. “The speed of the jury’s verdict reflects both the quality of the presentation from our trial team, but also the fact that the jury was able to watch Detective Rizzo’s interview in its entirety and draw its own conclusion about what happened.”
Prosecuting the case for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office was John J. Carson, with assistance from Eric Gorman. Fessette was represented by attorney Derrick Hogan.
Judge Matthew J. Sypniewski presided.