Brockport man found guilty of second-degree rape against Holley girl, 13

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 December 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A jury in Orleans County today found a Brockport man guilty of 13 counts of second-degree rape against a 13-year-old girl from Holley.

Matthew M. Edwards, 29, of West Ridge Road was accused of having sex with the girl in the Village of Holley between July 4 and Aug. 30, 2014. Edwards also allegedly provided the girl with drugs and alcohol, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to second-degree rape, Edwards was found guilty of 13 counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The jury found him not guilty of five counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree.

Edwards could be sentenced to up to 7 years in state prison for each count of second-degree rape, although the maximum sentence would be about 20 years. Judge James Punch will sentence Edwards at 2 p.m. on Feb. 29.

The trial started last Wednesday and concluded today at about 4 p.m. when the jury returned its verdict.

Edwards was jailed last January on $200,000 bail. Judge Punch revoked bail after the jury’s verdict.

“I know this is a difficult case,” Punch told the jury. “I appreciate the work you put into it.”