Parker charged with abusing child for years

RENSSELAERVILLE — A Rensselaerville man has been charged with sexually abusing a girl for several years as well as strangling her at least once in 2014, when she was 12 years old, police say.

Justin W. Parker, 43, was arrested by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night, said Chief Deputy William Rice.

He said the case is being left open with the possibility of other victims coming forward, which he said is typical in sex-abuse cases, but said that it is expected that Parker will not have any further charges.

The arrest was made following an investigation prompted by a North Carolina Child Protective Services call to the sheriff’s office last November, saying a 12-year-old girl had been sexually abused for several years in the town of Westerlo, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

Parker, who now lives on Route 351 in Rensselaerville, is alleged to have at least once in 2014 strangled the girl, whom he already knew, and then sexually abused her while she was unconscious, according to the report.

Rice said that the investigation took almost a year due to the victim having to wait until school was let out before traveling from North Carolina, where she lives now, to New York to speak to police.

Parker has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree strangulation, both felonies. He was arraigned in Westerlo Town Court Wednesday night, Oct. 24, and sent to Albany County’s jail. He posted $50,000 bail the next afternoon, said Rice. Parker will have a preliminary hearing in Westerlo Town Court at a later date, said Rice.

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