Cortland County Sexual Predator Convicted
The Cortland County District Attorney's office is reporting the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 15.
District Attorney Patrick Perfetti says 32-year-old Matthew Price of Marathon was convicted of felony Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child and several other sexual offense felonies.
New York State Police said a relative alerted them that it was believed Price had subjected a girl to sexual contact.
He had been charged with felony rape and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child in April of 2018. Prosecutors had alleged Price committed repeated and forcible rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse of his victim in June of 2017.
In a statement from the D.A.'s office, special victims prosecutor, Christine Ferraro said, “The loss of innocence in these types of cases is truly tragic. However, the victim felt empowered being able to face the defendant and testify about the horrific abuse at the hands of this sexual predator.”
Price is being held in the Cortland County Jail without bail.
Sentencing is set for October 29. He faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison and will be required to register with New York State as a sex offender.