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Niskayuna man arrested after 11-year-old gave birth has been indicted

Niskayuna man arrested after 11-year-old gave birth has been indicted

Niskayuna man arrested after 11-year-old gave birth has been indicted
Robert Cronin
Photographer: Schenectady County Jail (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY - A Niskayuna man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl and impregnating her has now been indicted, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office said.

Robert Cronin, 33, appeared in Schenectady County Court Wednesday for his arraignment in front of Judge Kathleen Hogan. He pleaded not guilty, prosecutor Michael Nobles said. Cronin has been in custody since his January arrest.

Cronin was indicted on one count each of predatory sexual assault against a child, a high-level felony, first-degree perjury, a felony, and misdemeanor child endangerment.

If convicted of the predatory sexual assault count, he would face up to 25 years to life in prison.

Cronin is accused of raping the girl in February or March of 2018. The investigation had been ongoing for two months at the time of Cronin's January arrest.

The investigation began after she gave birth, Nobles said. Asked about the baby, Nobles confirmed the baby is healthy. Nobles did not comment on the baby or the 11-year-old further.

The perjury charge is a new count out of the grand jury. He is accused of lying in an official proceeding Nov. 29, according to the indictment.

Cronin is represented by attorney Sven Paul. He declined to comment later.

The Niskayuna Police Department investigated. The Schenectady County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting.

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