A local woman told a judge Monday she has had repeated nightmares since a man sexually attacked her in January.
She also said she has suffered from depression, grown distant from her children and family, and even had thoughts of suicide.
“I was full of life, eager to help people,” the woman told Judge Karen Drago on Monday at the sentencing of her attacker, Sevastian B. Carey. “The moment the rape happened, it robbed me of all the things I love to do. I feel I cannot move on with my life. I’ll never be able to trust again.
“By the grace of God, justice is being served,” she said.
Carey, 44, formerly of Second Avenue, previously had pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a lower-level charge than he originally was facing. He was sentenced Monday to an agreed upon term of six years in prison.
The plea satisfied original charges that included first-degree criminal sex act, a top-level charge that carries the same sentence as first-degree rape.
Carey was arrested in March and charged with attacking the woman Jan. 4 in Schenectady.
After the proceeding Monday, prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said the case was complicated initially because the two knew each other but the woman knew Carey by a different first name.
Carey was represented in court by attorney William Nowak, who noted in court that there was nothing he could say to negate or minimize the impact of the crime on the woman’s life. He noted that his client has taken responsibility by pleading guilty and accepting the six-year sentence.
Carey offered an apology in court.
“I’m sorry for what happened,” Carey said. “I didn’t mean to cause no harm to nobody. I’m just sorry.”
The only outstanding issue at the proceedings was the length of Carey’s post-release supervision. Drago gave him 10 years.