SCHENECTADY — A man facing charges of child sexual assault for alleged crimes in Schenectady is facing the possibility of life in prison.
Julio Cuadrado, 46, of Auburn, Maine, was arraigned on the indictment last week in Schenectady County Court. He pleaded not guilty and was being held without bail.
Cuadrado faces two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, one for each of two victims who were younger than 13. If convicted of either count, he faces up to 25 years to life in state prison.
He is accused of committing two or more acts of sexual conduct against each child, with one being victimized from summer 2009 to December 2011 and the other from August 2009 to February 2012, according to the indictment.
Cuadrado also faces a first-degree sexual abuse charge related to a third victim who was younger than 13, according to the indictment.
The investigation began in 2015 when the children first made the allegations, prosecutor John Carson said.
Police investigated then, but no charges resulted, Carson said. Authorities do not believe Cuadrado had contact with the children after that date, and there are no allegations more recent than 2012.
The investigation gained renewed life earlier this year with another disclosure from the children, Carson said. That prompted Carson to examine the case with the new accounts, and he determined it should be placed in front of a grand jury to decide on charges.
The grand jury returned the indictment., which covers accusations based in Schenectady. However, Carson said there are accusations related to alleged crimes in other states, and charges could be filed in those places, as well.
The Schenectady County grand jury issued its indictment over the summer, leading to a warrant issued for Cuadrado's arrest. He was apprehended in Maine in August. He was returned to Schenectady after unsuccessfully fighting extradition.
His attorney, William Nowak, could not be reached Monday for comment.