BALLSTON SPA – A Halfmoon man was convicted Wednesday in the rape and kidnapping of a Boston woman he’d met through a phone dating service, Saratoga County District Attorney’s officials said.
He was accused in a brutal five-day assault on the woman, where he raped her and burned her, prosecutors said.
John C. Heidrich, of Halfmoon, was found guilty by a Saratoga County jury of a total of 16 counts, including first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act.
He now faces up to 25 years in state prison on the top counts, and some of the sentences could be consecutive. He is to be sentenced in September.
The jury found Heidrich subjected a 57-year-old woman to sexual and physical assaults over the five days, leaving her with multiple injuries, including cuts, bruising and burn marks, prosecutors said. A release did not indicate when the attack occurred.
The victim described trial “a horrifying and harrowing experience” and prosecutors presented physical evidence collected.
The woman told how she and Heidrich met through the phone dating service and he then encouraged her to travel from Boston to Halfmoon to meet and stay with him, prosecutors said.
Heidrich then confined her to his home when she indicated she wanted to leave and then sexually and physically assaulted her, prosecutors said.
“The victim in this case told the jury the terrible acts the defendant committed against her, reliving a frightening situation that she was ultimately able to escape from,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said in a statement. “The jury’s verdict today holds him responsible for the crimes he committed against her.”
Heggen cited the work of the state police and officers in Massachusetts.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Robert J. Logan III and Assistant District Attorney Meghan Horton prosecuted. Heidrich was represented by attorneys Michael Carota and William Nowak. Judge James A. Murphy III presided.