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DA: Scotia man pleads guilty in rape case; To get seven years in prison

Joel Steinhoff

Joel Steinhoff

SCHENECTADY – A Scotia man who police identified as a Level 1 sex offender pleaded guilty Wednesday in a rape case, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office reported.

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Joel Steinhoff, 48, of Scotia, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape, felonies, prosecutors said.

He admitted to having sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 17 on two separate dates, prosecutors said.

He is to be sentenced later to a total of seven years in state prison.

Steinhoff had faced a 12-count indictment that included eight third-degree rape counts, three third-degree criminal sexual act counts and a child endangerment charge.

He had been accused of engaging in the acts from July 2020 to Dec. 6 with a 15-year-old known to him at his residence in Scotia, officials said. Scotia police identified him after his arrest as a Level 1 sex offender.

“Acting on a tip from someone with knowledge of the crime, the Scotia police conducted a thorough investigation led by Detective Mike Peckham that secured the cooperation of the victim and through the execution of search warrants obtained corroborating and forensic evidence,” Schenectady District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement.

Schenectady County Child Protective Services members interviewed the victim at the Child Advocacy Center. Assistant District Attorney Maria Apruzzese led the prosecution.

“I thank them all for their efforts to hold this perpetrator to account for his predatory behavior,” Carney said.

Steinhoff was represented by attorney John Della Ratta. Judge Matthew Sypniewski presided.

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