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Attorneys: Surveillance video leads to dropping of Schenectady rape case

Attorneys: Surveillance video leads to dropping of Schenectady rape case

Attorneys: Surveillance video leads to dropping of Schenectady rape case
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SCHENECTADY - A city man arrested in February on a long list of charges that included first-degree rape has seen the case conclude on a misdemeanor with the help of surveillance video, attorneys involved in the case said.

Richard G. Cohen, 25, of Broadway, had been accused of raping a woman Jan. 31 in Schenectady. Other charges filed against him then included felony robbery and weapons counts.

But as the investigation continued, a hallway surveillance video from the building where the incident was alleged to have taken place helped led to the most serious charges against Cohen being dropped, Cohen's attorney Sven Paul said.

"After the DA and I both reviewed the video, it was determined that my client's version of the events that night was more consistent, considerably more consistent, than that that was being offered by the complainant," Paul said.

Prosecutors then decided not to go forward with the felonies, Paul said.

Prosecutor John Carson confirmed that account and called the video a major factor in the final resolution of the case.

That left an alleged altercation inside the apartment, the basis of a misdemeanor physical assault charge. Cohen pleaded guilty to that count with a promised sentence of probation, Paul said. Cohen remained in jail from Jan. 31 to March 5, records show. Cohen is to be sentenced on the misdemeanor later this month.

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