SCHENECTADY — A Schenectady man was sentenced Tuesday to a total of nine years in state prison for raping a girl in Glenville, the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office said.
Matthew Herbert, 39, previously had pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act, felonies. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
Herbert admitted to raping the child, who was under the age of 17, from the summer of 2016 to November 2018, prosecutors said.
The investigation began in November when the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District located messages containing sexually explicit language that Herbert sent to the victim's school email address, prosecutors said. The endangering the welfare of a child count relates to those emails.
The district referred the emails to the school resource officer, a member of the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office. The district and Sheriff's Office then assisted Glenville police and Schenectady County Child Protective Services with the probe.
Herbert soon fled the area and traveled under an assumed name. Glenville Detective Timothy Mell then tracked Herbert to Pennsylvania, where he was arrested in February and extradited back to Schenectady.
Assistant District Attorney John Carson prosecuted. Herbert was represented by attorney James E. Tyner. Judge Matthew Sypniewski presided.