Berlin man sentenced to 15 years for sex crimes with a minor, report says

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A 74-year-old Berlin man was sentenced to 15 years in state prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of a criminal sexual act, according to WRGB .

William Schrell admitted in court to having an 11-year-old girl perform oral sex on him. He was indicted last year on 16 counts of illegal sexual acts that occurred in 2015 and 2016.

The crimes occurred in the towns of Berlin and East Greenbush.

Schrell will also serve 20-years of post-release supervision and have to register as a sex offender if he gets out of prison.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove said Schrell and the victim knew each other.

“I’d really like to applaud the victim,” Abelove said, according to WRGB. “She showed a tremendous amount of courage and poise being able to talk about this and come forward to say what happened in the hand of this monster.”Abelove and Judge Debra Young criticized Schrell for trying to shift responsibility to the victim, saying she was a willing participant.“For him to imply that somehow this was due to her own actions, really speaks volumes about his mental state and where he’s coming from and his culpability.” Abelove said, according to the report.

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