Posted at: 12/10/2012 5:50 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2012 6:09 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
BALLSTON SPA - Once in the court room Monday afternoon, the judge scolded Eric Loeser for not taking responsibility for his actions. Then he sentenced the 22-year-old former EMT to 20.5 years in state prison and twenty years post release supervision.
He kidnapped one child and sexually assaulted three. The victims range in age from 8 to 15.
Prosecutors say Loeser repeatedly assaulted the children from February 2010 to July 2011.
"What we saw today was more about cutting one's losses than anything else. These three very brave young boys were prepared to go forward," said Jim Murphy, Saratoga County District Attorney.
One of the victims, who is now 15, gave an impact statement, saying Loeser used his position to gain his trust and then manipulated and assaulted him.
Prosecutors says that was Loeser's strategy---get kids to trust him, then drive a wedge between them and their parents before preying on their vulnerability.
In an impact statement read by the assistant district attorney, the youngest victim called Loeser a "monster."
"This man is the definition of a sexual predator. He zeroed in on these three kids. He honed them. He built this trusting relationship," said Murphy.
Loeser faced up to life in prison if he was convicted at trial and the judge allowed the sentences to run consecutively.
So the Clifton Park man took the offer.
"The risk of life in prison was not far in the background and as Bill Clinton famously said, 'It's a matter of arithmetic,'" said Loeser's attorney, Terry Kindlon.
As he left court, bound for prison, Eric Loeser remained tight lipped and had no reply when a reporter asked him if was sorry.
Loeser's co-defendant in the kidnapping, Timothy Kaye, was sentenced to 8 years in prison and five years post-release supervision.