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Schenectady man pleads guilty in rape, sex abuse case after cellphone video found

Schenectady man pleads guilty in rape, sex abuse case after cellphone video found

37-year-old faces 14-year sentence after pleading guilty in Schenectady County Court
Schenectady man pleads guilty in rape, sex abuse case after cellphone video found
Clarence Alexander
Photographer: Schenectady County District Attorney's office

SCHENECTADY -- A Schenectady man who pleaded guilty Friday to raping a woman and sexually abusing a child while they slept now faces up to 14 years in prison.

Clarence Alexander, 37, entered his guilty plea in Schenectady County Court to one count of felony first-degree rape and one count of felony first-degree sexual abuse, according to the district attorney's office. Alexander admitted his guilt before Judge Matthew Sypniewski.

Prosecutor Michael Nobles said the victims did not know each other, but that Alexander knew the both of them before the assaults, which occurred a month apart.

Authorities became aware of Alexander’s crimes in June, after the child, who Nobles said is younger than 13, found video of him abusing her while she was sleeping. Nobles said the girl was using Alexander’s phone as an internet hot-spot because she didn’t have access to WiFi and came across the video.

Nobles said the child woke up when Alexander was abusing her, but she didn’t understand what was happening. He said she realized what occurred only after seeing the video.

The child then showed the video to her mom, who brought the phone to police.

When police arrested Alexander, he at first denied abusing the child. Nobles said police did not question Alexander about the rape at that time, because they were not aware of the second assault.

It was not until Schenectady police obtained a warrant to search the phone that they found video of Alexander raping a woman on May 12.

Nobles said the woman was not aware she had been raped until she spoke with police as part of their investigation.

Alexander is expected to receive a 10-year prison sentence for the rape and four years for the sexual abuse charge when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The terms will run consecutively, giving him a 14-year prison term. He is also expected to be sentenced to 20 years of post-release supervision.

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