SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in state prison, the maximum allowed after a jury found he sexually abused a 10-year-old boy, The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Kevin Fessette, 29, was convicted in April of one count of first-degree criminal sexual act. The jury had returned the guilty verdict after approximately 30 minutes of deliberations
The trial 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.
Judge Matthew Sypniewski imposed the maximum term Thursday.
Fessette was arrested in 2019 after the child disclosed the sexual assault.
The jury convicted him of sexually abusing the child 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 interviewed Fessette, resulting in a videotaped recorded confession to all of the allegations made by the child, prosecutors said.
“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,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement as he praised the courage of the boy and the work of the investigator. “Judge Sypniewski’s sentence fully reflects his view of the seriousness of this offense and the harm done to this child, as well as the dangerousness posed to society by this predator.”
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.