Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts In Cortland Rape Trial
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts In Cortland Rape Trial
The jury considering rape and sexual abuse charges against a Cortland County man has returned its verdict today.
48 year old Frederick Brown of 5 Crawford Street Cortland has been found guilty on all 14 counts against him including rape in the 1st 2nd and third degree as well criminal sex act and sex abuse.
The 9 women and 3 men on the jury retuned the guilty verdicts this morning after deliberating for nearly a full day. 
Brown was arrested last year following a 13 month long investigation by Cortland City Police. Brown raped a young girl from the time she was 12 until she was 16. The woman, who is now 23; brought the allegations to police after she turned 21.
During the trial Browns Defense Attorney Keith Dayton attempted to show jurors that the allegations did not fit the crimes charged. Dayton’s case focused on the victims husband as being manipulative, he tried convincing the panel that the allegations surfaced after the victims husband had a fight with Brown.
Dayton says an appeal is planned.
Meanwhile, Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth McGrath painted Brown, as a sexual deviant who repeatedly raped the girl against her will nearly weekly over the course of 4 years. The abuse resulted in the victim who was 13 at the time becoming pregnant, the pregnancy was ended and Brown pushed the girl to lie about how it had happened.
McGrath says she was grateful for the verdict and felt that justice has been served.
Prosecutors say Brown was able to use his family connections to keep the girl quiet about the abuse and threatened to harm the girls mother if she came forward.
The case presented difficulties for both sides, as there was no physical evidence linking Brown to the rapes and the fact that the victim had waited so long to come forward.
Brown sat quietly and shook his head in disbelief as the jury found him guilty on all 14 counts.
County Judge Julie Campbell presided over the trial, she allowed Brown to remain free on $50 thousand dollars cash bail citing his lack of any prior convictions. Brown is due for sentencing on January 31st; he faces 12 ½ to 25 years on the top count.
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