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Serial rapist gets 12 years in prison

Serial rapist gets 12 years in prison

An Ephratah-area man prosecutors have called a serial rapist was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County

An Ephratah-area man prosecutors have called a serial rapist was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court to a 12-year prison term.

Rodney L. Zobrist, 64, a Level 3 sex offender linked since 1992 to four rapes — two by DNA evidence — was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino.

Zobrist pleaded guilty Dec. 22 to one count of first-degree rape.

After two arrests for rapes in the 1990s, Zobrist was linked by DNA testing to sexual attacks in 2005 and 2007.

The testing led to his arrest in May for the 2007 rape of a 51-year-old Ephratah woman. Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira said Zobrist stopped at the woman’s residence on the pretext of delivering a package.

He was subsequently arrested for raping a 17-year-old girl he found walking along a road in Ephratah in 2005.

He was classified a Level 3 sex offender on the basis of a 1992 rape in which he attacked a 20-year-old Fulton County woman, Sira said.

He was arrested in 2002 on charges that he raped a 14-year-old girl in 1998 in St. Johnsville.

In others cases Thursday before Judge Giardino:

Walter T. Guzek Jr., 50, of North Main Street, Mayfield, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary.

Sentencing was postponed, but under terms of the plea bargain, he will serve a prison term of 21⁄2 to 5 years.

Guzek was arrested in January and indicted in July on counts of third-degree burglary, petty larceny and possession of burglar’s tools. He admitted breaking into Wilde Fire Equipment Co. in Mayfield on Jan. 6 and stealing truck and water system components. Police said they found him in possession of a screwdriver, cutting pliers, black gloves and a flashlight.

Eric J. Skaine, 29, of Fremont Street, Gloversville, was sentenced to one year in jail and fined $1,000 on the basis of his Jan. 8 guilty plea to first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was arrested May 10 in Gloversville.

Bruce O’Shaughnessy Sr., 43, of Milton Avenue, Amsterdam, was sentenced to concurrent prison terms of one to three years on the basis of his Dec. 18 pleas to counts of felony driving while intoxicated and felony aggravated unlicensed operation.

O’Shaughnessy was arrested on the same charges Sept. 14 in the city of Johnstown.

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