DA: Schenectady man admits he sexually abused 12yo girl, supplied her and her 15yo sister with pot, alcohol


SCHENECTADY – A 40-year-old city man will serve 10 years in prison after he admitted he supplied two young girls with alcohol and marijuana, and sexually abused one of them, prosecutors said Monday.

Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Mark J. Caruso accepted guilty pleas Friday from Raheim “Juicy” Clay on Friday.

Clay pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a class D violent felony, as well as second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Judge Caruso is expected to sentence Clay to the agreed-upon terms on Oct. 8.

Clay’s pleas resolved a 10-count indictment against him.

Prosecutors said that Clay directed age-inappropriate behavior against a 12-year-old girl, the primary victim, and her 15-year-old sister from February through June 2020.

Clay sold or gave marijuana to the younger girl at least five times. He also provided alcohol to both the girls on two occasions.

Prosecutors said Clay touched the 12-year-old girl in a sexual manner on two occasions.

Prosecutors said Clay admitted he invited the child to his residence, provided her with alcohol, and fondled her.

The girls were not well-acquainted with Clay, and the relationship was fostered by him for the purpose of victimizing them, prosecutors said.

After the children told officers with the Schenectady Police Department what happened, detectives sought corroborating evidence in his residence. Police said officers subsequently found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver hidden in Clay’s bedroom closet.

The case was investigated by members of the Schenectady County Child Protective Services and police Det. Matthew Thorne, then a member of the Schenectady Police Department’s Youth Aid Bureau, with assistance from Detective Sgt. P.J. Mullens, who serves on a state program called Gun Involved Violence Elimination.

Clay must serve 15 years of probation after his prison sentence, he will be required to register as a sex offender and an order of protection will be issued for the victims.

The case was tried by Assistant District Attorney John J. Carson. Clay is represented by Schenectady County Conflict Defender Tracey Chance.

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