Man gets 2 years for rape of girl

The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN – A Hamilton County man was sentenced last week in Fulton County Court to two years in state prison for the rape of an underage girl earlier this year at Knox Field.

Edward C. Desrochers, 26, of Speculator was sentenced Sept. 4 by Judge Richard C. Giardino to the prison time, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was based on Desrochers’ July 8 guilty plea to one count of second-degree rape.

He was charged by Johnstown police Jan. 3 for what police said was sex he had with an underage female at Knox Field at 2 a.m. Dec. 15. Police said he had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. He was initially charged with charged with second-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

After a two-week investigation, the city police found Desrochers with help from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Hamilton County Probation Department, a news release said.

In other recent County Court action:

  • Joshua Bailey, 30, of 26 Park St., Gloversville, was sentenced Friday by Giardino to 1 1/2 to three years in state prison, as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence was based on his July 11 guilty plea to one count of first-degree criminal contempt.

Details of his criminal case were unavailable.

  • Scott Starin Sr., 45, of 32 VanWyck St., Gloversville, was sentenced Friday by Judge Polly A. Hoye to 2 1/2 years in state prison.

Sentencing was based on his June 27 guilty plea to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony.

Starin was charged by Gloversville police May 28 with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said he was originally accused of inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl at his residence. Police said it was reported that while the child spent the night at Starin’s residence, he entered the bedroom where she was sleeping and had sexual contact with her. Detectives investigated and confirmed the allegation, according to police.

  • John E. Brockhum, 53, of 1 Mill St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 before Hoye to one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, as part of a plea arrangement.

Sentencing was adjourned until Nov. 4, but he is scheduled to receive one to three years in state prison.

Gloversville police charged Brockhum Sept. 5 with felony DWI after a report of a hit-and-run accident in which his vehicle struck another vehicle. He also was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage automobile accident and following too closely.

Police said the department responded to the report of a hit-and-run accident. On arrival at the scene, police said, officers were provided with the license plate of the vehicle that caused the accident by striking another vehicle and leaving the scene.

Based on the license plate number provided, police said, officers were able to locate Brockhum and the vehicle a short time later.

Police said Brockhum was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was charged. It was later determined that Brockhum had a previous conviction in 2003 for felony DWI in Fulton County Court, police said, and as a result was charged with felony DWI in this case.