By CASEY CROUCHER
JOHNSTOWN — Former city police officer and Montgomery County emergency management director Adam Schwabrow was sentenced in Fulton County Court today to a year in jail and a court order of protection for the teenager he raped.
Schwabrow pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, commonly referred to statutory rape, March 4. He had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl. The crime occurred in May of 2011 in the city of Johnstown.
Schwabrow made a statement to the courtroom, apologizing for his action.
"First of all I'd like to apologize to the victim, I never meant her any harm," he said. "I do take full responsibility for my actions. I was the adult in the situation and I'm extremely remorseful, and quite frankly disgusted with myself for what happened. I'm sorry to my family, friends, supporters, former co-workers."
Hamilton County Judge S. Peter Feldstein, who presided over the case, said he sentenced Shwabrow to one year because he thinks it's the proper sentencing for a "good man who made a mistake."
The victim was not at today's sentencing.
Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Buckley, who prosecuted the case,
said the victim didn't want to make a statement and she wanted to avoid the attention to keep her identity protected.
Buckley requested that Feldstein sentence Schwabrow to one year of jail time and a nine-year court order of protection for the victim.
She said the victim is "satisfied with the plea and any sentencing the court will impose."
"[This crime] involves an adult, a 29-year-old adult, taking advantage of a 16-year-old female who, by law, deserves protection," Buckley said. "Something that I read in the pre-sentence investigation struck me as one of the best ways to sum this up; the probation officer wrote, 'a seasoned police officer is held to a higher standard,' and that is definitely true, your honor. While we cannot deny all the volunteer efforts and the community efforts this defendant has clearly undertaken, that does not carry over in his choice and his actions in this matter."
Schwabrow's attorney, Michael McDermott of Albany, requested Schwabrow be sentenced to less than a year in jail.
"Mr. Schwabrow enjoys the continued support of his spouse," McDermott said. "He has a young child at home. Continued incarceration is a financial burden for them. We would ask, and we know this was a negotiated sentence and we appreciate the court's allowance of letting us make the argument of perhaps considering a sentence somewhat less than a one-year incarceration."
Schwabrow was not on duty at the time of the crime, and at no time was force alleged in this case.
He has already spent two months in jail. Schwabrow decided to get a head start on jail time beginning in late March.
Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey got permission from the state to have Schwabrow serve his jail time in Warren County in order to avoid potential conflict with inmates he helped put behind bars.