Defendant Repeatedly Abused His Wife’s Granddaughter
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Friday,
April 27, 2018, Stanley Allen, age 69, of Thomasville, North Carolina, was sentenced to eight years in prison, together with ten years of post-release supervision, in connection with the sexual abuse of his wife’s granddaughter. Allen had pled guilty in December 2017 before then-sitting County Court Judge Nicholas De Rosa to one count of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, but he was sentenced by County Court Judge William L. DeProspo, who was assigned to the case after Judge De Rosa’s retirement. Although Judge DeProspo expressed reservations that the eight-year length of Allen’s sentence was too short, at the time of Allen’s guilty plea Judge De Rosa had promised Allen the eight-year sentence. Judge DeProspo honored that promise, rather than allowing Allen to withdraw his guilty plea, which would have forced the young victim to testify at a trial.
Allen was married to the child victim’s maternal grandmother, and he was essentially a de facto grandfather figure to the child, who called him “Pop Pop.” Defendant used to own property in the Town of Wallkill, where, during summers, the child was dropped off while her mother was at work. Defendant, during opportunities alone with the victim, took her to a detached garage on the property and sexually abused her. Although the child has memories of Allen’s sexual abuse going back to the age of 6 or 7, Allen had pled guilty to a charge arising from an incident in July or August 2013, when the child was 10 years old. In his guilty plea, Allen had admitted to placing his penis in the mouth of the victim. The abuse ended when Allen moved out of New York State.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Orange County Child Abuse Investigative Unit for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
“The sexual abuse of any child is despicable,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “but it’s especially troubling when it’s committed over the course of years by someone the child looks up to. In my office, we take very seriously every case involving the sexual abuse of a child, and I am glad to see that in this case we have achieved a result that will provide the victim and her family with some level of closure, and that will result in an appropriate level of punishment to the defendant.”
District Attorney Hoovler commended Assistant District Attorney Michael Purcell for his work in prosecuting the case.