RENSSELAER, N.Y. - A Rensselaer man pleaded guilty to second degree rape after avoiding felony rape charges due to a paperwork error by the District Attorney's office was sentenced Monday.
John Halacy was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday. He must also register as a sex offender.
While in Rensselaer County Court, Halacy apologized for what he had done. His attorney said Halacy is glad this is behind him and he will move on and serve his time behind bars.
“I just want to apologize. What I did was wrong. I want to thank everyone who has supported me, especially my lawyer,” said Halacy.
Halacy will have three years of post-release supervision after he is released from prison.
He was first arrested in February 2013 on rape charges against two girls, ages 13 and 15. The charges against him were dropped in November 2013 when a prosecutor failed to file a key document in the case in time.
Since Halacy's case was not presented to a Grand Jury in a timely fashion, his right to a speedy trial was violated, leading to the dismissal of the felony rape charges. Shortly after the charges were dropped, Halacy faced five new misdemeanor charges in relation to the rape. He pleaded guilty to those charges in May.
Officials say his rape conviction will run concurrent to the unrelated burglary sentence he is serving in Albany County.
His attorney says his client is ready to serve his time and get on with his life.
The Rensselaer County District Attorney's office was unavailable for a comment.
Four orders of protection have been issued for the victims and witnesses involved in this case.