Facing rape and menacing charges,Quinones to receive youthful-offender status

Carlos Quinones

Carlos Quinones

GUILDERLAND — Companion cases against Carlos Quinones, 17, are pending resolution in other jurisdictions under youthful-offender status, said spokeswoman Cecilia Walsh of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, referring to his rape, sexual abuse, and related charges.

A judge can grant youthful-offender status to teens who committed crimes when they were 16, 17, or 18 years old, sealing their criminal court records. A felony can be sealed one time, Walsh said.

Meanwhile, Quinones was expected, but did not appear, in Guilderland Town Court on June 13, according to court clerk Jennifer Stephens, who said the court would send him a letter, telling him to appear on July 25. He was due in Guilderland Town Court on a Feb. 16 misdemeanor charge of second-degree menacing, to which he earlier pleaded not guilty; Guilderland Police say he displayed a gun in the Crossgates Mall parking lot.

In the Feb. 16 charge, a complainant said that he had had a prearranged meeting with Quinones so that Quinones could buy vape cartridges from the teen who wound up calling police, according to the complaint.

When Quinones was arrested by Guilderland Police on the menacing charge, he was on probation for charges brought earlier by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. Quinones had been arrested on Oct. 1, 2018 on charges involving five different female victims under the age of 18.

Quinones was charged, in the 2018 arrest, with third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, and first-degree criminal sexual act, Walsh said earlier. He had posted $15,000 bail at the time of his arraignment in county court on the rape and related charges.

The earlier crimes are alleged to have occurred in Green Island. The initial report was made to Green Island Police, who soon turned the case over to the sheriff’s office, Investigator Amy Kowalski of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Unit told The Enterprise earlier.

On April 11, Quinones’s public defender, Gabriella Romero, told Guilderland Town Judge John Bailey that she expected all of his cases to receive a global resolution, or to be decided together, in county court.

Quinones was 16 at the time of the alleged sex crimes and at the time of his arrest on Oct. 1, 2018. That is the same day New York State’s Raise the Age law went into effect for 16-year-olds, but Raise the Age does not apply to Quinones’s charges for two reasons:

— The new law applies only to crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and

— Criminal sexual acts are among the crimes for which a 16-year-old would be likely to be charged as an adult under Raise the Age, unless there were mitigating circumstances such as, for instance, that the crime was committed by more than one person, with the 16-year-old playing a relatively minor role.

Youthful-offender status is granted at sentencing “in the interest of justice and is meant to relieve the eligible youth from the onus of having a criminal record,” according to New York Criminal Procedure Law. Youths must have been between the ages of 16 and 19 when the crime was committed.

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