A Montgomery County jury deliberated for just two hours Thursday afternoon before convicting Pedro Ressy of sexually abusing several young children.
“A short deliberation is always positive for us,” said Assistant District Attorney Sarah Leszczynski, who prosecuted the case. “They must have been very convinced of his guilt.”
Ressy, 35, of Amsterdam, previously of Massachusetts, was convicted on two counts of first-degree sexual conduct against a child, a class B felony, and four counts of misdemeanor-level endangering the welfare of a child.
Leszczynski said Ressy sexually abused two children under the age of 11 and endangered a 9-year-old and a 10-year-old during a few short stays in Amsterdam between 2008 and 2011. He was bouncing in and out of prison on parole and parole violations at the time, and each time he was out he’d molest a child.
The trial began Monday with jury selection. Leszczynski presented her evidence Tuesday in the form of seven witnesses, including some of the children, their parents and the law enforcement personnel who investigated the incidents.
There was no physical evidence of the abuse as it came to light long after the fact, when some of the children finally told adults about Ressy. The jurors began their deliberation just before noon Thursday and by 2 p.m. they were convinced of Ressy’s guilt.
In 2003, Ressy was sentenced to six years in Cape Vincent Correctional Facility after robbing the Mohawk Community Bank and a Stewart’s Shop. He was paroled four times from 2007 to 2011 and taken back into custody each time for violations. It was during these short stints of freedom that Ressy abused the children.
“At this point he’s serving his maximum sentence for the robbery,” Leszczynski said.
According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, he would have been released July 25 this year.
“He was almost out,” she said.
Now he likely won’t be out for quite a while. Based on his prior record, the two class B felonies could bring him consecutive 10- to 25-year terms. Unless Montgomery County Court Judge Felix Catena decides to run the sentences concurrently, he won’t be released for at least 20 years.
Ressy is represented by public defender Jeff Francisco.