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Saratoga Springs man convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

Saratoga Springs man convicted of raping 13-year-old girl

A Saratoga Springs man is being held without bail in the Saratoga County jail after he was convicted

A Saratoga Springs man is being held without bail in the Saratoga County jail after he was convicted Tuesday by a Saratoga County Court jury of raping a 13-year-old girl.

Steven Scott, 24, was arrested a year ago after Saratoga Springs police investigated reports of an underage drinking party during which Scott had sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Assistant Saratoga County District Attorney Jennifer Jensen said she was satisfied with Scott's conviction on charges including second-degree rape because he is likely to be sentenced to prison and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"Second-degree rape is a violent felony. He's expected to be sentenced to 7 years in prison," she said.

Scott was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree rape, as well as other felonies.

In addition to the rape charge, he was found guilty of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child stemming from the alcohol provided to a pair of 14-year old girls as well as the younger girl.

Defense attorney Heidi Gifford of Gloversville said she was disappointed with the verdict and would be filing an appeal.

"We have some good issues on appeal," she said. "[Scott] has maintained his innocence and continues to maintain he had no sexual contact with this young woman."

Jensen said the jury deliberated for about nine hours and returned to the courtroom six times to hear testimony or for clarification of the charges against Scott.

"This was a hard case," Jensen said. "I think this may be the first one in which we got a conviction when there was teenage drinking. Oftentimes you have six people see an event and give six different accounts. In these cases, the six people are drunk, which makes it all the more difficult."

Jensen said Scott had been offered a plea deal before the trial, but she would not go into detail about the offer.

"We always try to resolve these cases to avoid having the victim testify," she said. "Scott refused the plea because he didn't want to have to register [as a sex offender]."

She said Scott contradicted himself several times to police and on the witness stand, and jurors asked to hear his testimony read back to them on a few occasions as they deliberated Monday and Tuesday.

"He seemed very coached. When his lawyer asked questions, he had all the answers but when I asked questions he was inconsistent with his earlier remarks," she said.

Gifford said prosecution witnesses were inconsistent in their testimony, including investigators.

"We had witnesses who testified to the [victim's] history of untruthfulness. She was a troubled young girl, and this is an unfortunate verdict."

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