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Halacy arrested on Albany warrant while in Rensselaer City Court

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Updated: 12/11/2013 5:31 pm

RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A former rape suspect that had the charges dropped because of a paperwork mistake appeared in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning only to be arrested on an Albany County warrant for a felony Burglary charge in Colonie.

John Halacy, 24, appeared in Rensselaer City Court to face misdemeanor charges of second-degree Attempted Rape, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawful Imprisonment. The Rensselaer County District Attorney's office seeks to move a case before a grand jury. 

During the proceedings, Halacy was arrested at Rensselaer City Court on an Albany County Court warrant for felony Burglary charge in Colonie. He was transported to Colonie Police Department for processing.

The case did not proceed in court because Halacy did not have representation. He was taken to Albany County Jail, without bail.

Two co-defendants, Halacy's brother Raymond M. Halacy, 19, and Andre Beverly, 18, were also indicted and were taken into custody this morning by US Marshalls in Broward County Florida. They are being held, pending extradition, to face Burglary charges. 

These arrests stem from an investigation into a residential burglary on Haswell Road on Thanksgiving Day. Just last week, Colonie Police executed a warrant at Halacy's apartment, discovering some of the stolen items. 

Halacy was previously arrested in February after detectives determined he had been sexually abusing a 13-year-old and 14-year-old female in the city of Rensselaer between December 1, 2012 and February 8, 2013. Police also believe Halacy supplied the girls with prescription drugs.

Halacy, 24, walked free in November due to a paperwork error after facing 19 felony charges, including Rape. The teenage victims and their family members were outraged over the mistake.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard McNally previously stated he takes full responsibility for the paperwork mishap and he apologizes to the victims and their families. However, when asked by NEWS10 ABC to speak on camera about the paperwork mistake, he has refused.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security confirmed a search was conducted at Halacy's Rensselaer city apartment. Officials have not commented on the nature of the warrant, but a number of boxes were removed from the home. 

Halacy was placed in the back of a Rensselaer police car as the search warrant was executed at his 2nd Street apartment. He was later taken to the Rensselaer Police Department where Homeland Security Officers continued their investigation.

Detective Scott Earing, with the Rensselaer Police, said the department has nothing to do with this investigation and that Homeland Security Officers are just using their building.

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