CORINTH -- An appeals court has upheld the trial convictions of a Corinth man found guilty of predatory sexual assault in a Saratoga County Court trial and sentenced to 69 years in prison.
The five-judge Appellate Division Third Department issued a decision Thursday that rejected a variety of issues Gannon had raised on appeal in an effort to overturn the convictions.
Gannon, now 50, was found guilty of multiple sex crimes committed against two young girls in the town of Corinth following a seven-week trial in County Court in Ballston Spa in the spring of 2016. The abuse occurred over a roughly five-year period, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department said, and Gannon took numerous steps to try to conceal the abuse from Social Services caseworkers and others.
Gannon was convicted of five counts of predatory sexual assault, one county of use of a child in a sexual performance, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. County Court Judge James A. Murphy in September 2016 sentenced him to a total of 69 years in prison.
"The Appellate Division's affirmation today of the defendant's conviction demonstrates what all involved in the investigation and prosecution always believed: that the defendant in this case perpetrated his heinous crimes because he carefully researched, prepared and presented his criminal conduct. Today's decision determined that all of the evidence and issues raised during the trial were legal and proper," said District Attorney Karen A. Heggen.
The long sentence, she said, "will protect society from the monster that he is."