Johnstown officer pleads guilty to rape

JOHNSTOWN – City Patrolman Adam Schwabrow pleaded guilty today to raping a 16-year-old girl and is expected to be sentenced to a year in jail.

Schwabrow also resigned today from the city Police Department.

His sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 13.

“With this letter, I hereby submit my resignation from the Johnstown Police Department as a police officer, effective immediately,” stated a letter dated today from Schwabrow to Chief Mark Gifford.

Schwabrow entered his guilty plea to third-degree rape before acting Fulton County Court Judge Peter Feldstein. Appearing for the prosecution was the office of Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, serving as special prosecutor.

The 32-year-old Schwabrow was charged Sept. 19 by his own department with felony third-degree rape, commonly known as statutory rape.

Schwabrow is the department’s former Johnstown Police Benevolent Association president and K-9 officer.

He could have faced 1 1/3 to four years in state prison. Schwabrow had been free on $5,000 cash bail.

Schwabrow was suspended with pay after his arrest.

Schwabrow had also served as director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office, but the county replaced him after his arrest.

Gifford previously said Schwabrow was arrested after an investigation revealed evidence he had sexual contact with the girl.

Murphy said last fall the victim “was known to the defendant” and that Schwabrow didn’t attack the victim.

He also said his office was investigating whether Schwabrow pulled his police firearm while fellow officers were trying to arrest him in September at the station.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said after the arrest the alleged rape took place in the city of Johnstown. She said there has been no allegation or evidence of forced sexual contact between Schwabrow and the victim.

She said forced sexual contact typically falls under the category of first-degree rape, which was not alleged in this case.

She said people younger than 17 in New York state cannot legally consent to sexual contact with an adult.

Today, Sira issued a statement saying the crime occurred in May 2011.

“Officer Schwabrow resigned his position with the Johnstown Police Department effective today at 1 p.m. as part of the plea agreement entered into with the Saratoga County DA’s Office,” Sira stated. “Schwabrow was previously ordered to surrender any firearms at the time of arrest, which occurred on September 19, 2013, including his duty revolver and other personal firearms. The DA’s office was not provided a list of the firearms, but they were surrendered to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. “

Sira added, “In addition, at the time of sentencing, Schwabrow is expected to receive one year in the Fulton County Jail together with appropriate fines and surcharges.”

Neither defense attorney Michael McDermott of Albany nor Murphy could be reached for comment.

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