SCHENECTADY – A city man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison after a judge found he raped a woman in a vehicle parked on property at Niskayuna’s Craig Elementary School, Schenectady County District Attorney’s officials said.
Tahir G. Christie, 19, was convicted of first-degree rape and other charges after his trial in July.
He was found guilty of raping a then-18-year-old woman known to him in a vehicle on the school property in August 2020. The two had gone there to talk and stargaze when Christie raped her, prosecutors said.
She disclosed the attack a month and a half later to a family member and was brought to the Niskayuna Police Department. Phone messages on both her phone and Christie’s phone then corroborated what happened.
Christie also made admissions of wrong doing to the victim and another individual through messaging apps, prosecutors said.
Christie was tried in front of Judge Mark J. Caruso. The defendant also chose to have the judge decide the case, rather than a jury. Caruso then found him guilty.
In all, Christie was convicted of first-degree rape, third-degree rape, both felonies, and misdemeanor unlawful imprisonment.
In addition to his 14-year prison term, Christie was sentenced to 20 years of supervision after his release. The victim was given a full order of protection to last more than 40 years.
Assistant District Attorney John J. Carson prosecuted the case. Christie was represented at trial by attorney Mark Juda and by attorney Jeffrey Einhorn for sentencing.