SCHENECTADY - A man who told a Schenectady County jury he was "in love" with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison in a sexual abuse case, Schenectady County District Attorney's officials said.
Kevin Paige, 32, was convicted in October of second-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse after the jury believed the girl and rejected Paige's denials of sexual contact.
Judge Kathleen Hogan handed down the six-year sentence while noting Paige's "in love" testimony, prosecutors said. The judge called Paige's lack of appreciation for the inappropriateness of that "morally bankrupt."
Hogan also handed down the sentence after hearing from the girl, prosecutor Michael Nobles said. The girl spoke of how Paige's actions impacted her and her family, Nobles said. She has had difficulty trusting since.
The investigation began after the girl disclosed the abuse to her parents. The abuse started as an inappropriate emotional relationship in summer 2017 and then Paige pressed it to a sexual relationship, prosecutors said. His convictions relate to two acts on two dates that summer.
The case was investigated by the Schenectady Police Department, an investigation led by Det. Matthew Thorne.
Paige was represented by attorney Mark Juda.
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