Cortland Man Sentenced to 120 Years For Rape, Sex Abuse, and Criminal Sex Acts
A Cortland man who was found guilty of multiple counts of rape, criminal sex act, and sex abuse has been sentenced to 120 years in state prison.
Despite a state statute that caps his sentence at 50 years, Cortland County Judge Julie Campbell sentenced 48 year old Frederick Brown of 5 Crawford Street, Cortland to 120 years in state prison; 20 years each for six counts of rape in the 1st degree.
Brown was found guilty by a Cortland County Jury following a trial last October, the jury found him guilty on all 14 counts against him including rape in the 1st, 2nd, and third degree as well criminal sex act and sex abuse.
Brown was arrested in 2011 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.
Prosecutors say Brown was able to use his family connections to keep the girl quiet about the abuse and threatened to harm the girl’s mother if she came forward.
Despite the length of time between the abuse and when the victim came forward and no direct physical evidence jurors found the woman’s story credible.
Yesterday the victim now in her early 20’s took the opportunity to address Brown; she told the court that she still experiences physical and emotional pain as a result of the abuse. The woman says she battles daily with depression and anxiety and has many sleepless nights as a result of the attacks.
In addition to the 120 year term, Judge Campbell also handed Brown sentences ranging from to 2 1/3 to 10 years for the other 8 counts.
Brown said nothing prior to his sentencing, his attorney Keith Dayton said appeals are planned both for the sentencing and the conviction.