Judge sets start of trial for man accused of predatory sexual assault against child

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2018 at 11:23 am

ALBION – An Albion man continued to proclaim his innocence in Orleans County Court on Thursday, and rejected a plea offer.

Robert Tetrault, 37, faces charges of predatory sexual assault against a child after he allegedly had sexual intercourse and committed another sex act against a child. He has maintained his innocence since he was indicted on May 3.

Tetrault is accused of repeatedly abused a child, age 9, from January to July 2012. He has been in the county jail since he was charged. Bail is set at $50,000 cash and $250,000 bond. The charges carry a maximum of 25 years in prison.

After Tetrault refused a plea on Thursday, County Court Judge Sanford Church set Oct. 29 for the start of a trial in the case.

Tetrault has a lengthy criminal history and has served four state prison terms, most recently when he was convicted on charges of attempted second-degree assault and third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison in October 2013 after fighting someone with a knife on May 23, 2013. Tetrault caused a severe laceration across another’s person hand who tried to intervene in the fight. He was released from prison in May 2017.

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