Jury finds Green guilty of rape

Christopher Green

Christopher Green

ALBANY COUNTY — A man who used a “MeetMe” app to lure a 14-year-old girl to the Days Inn in Guilderland was found guilty on Wednesday afternoon of second-degree rape and three counts of criminal sexual act — all felonies.

After hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, the jury found that on Dec. 7, 2017, while at the Days Inn at 1230 Western Ave., Christopher Green, 32, of Hartford, Connecticut engaged in sexual intercourse and criminal sexual acts with a minor under the age of 15, according to a release from the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury reached its decision in Judge Roger D. McDonough courtroom in Albany County Supreme Court.

Green faces up to 28 years in state prison when sentenced on Jan. 18, 2019.

Guilderland Police had charged Green, on Dec. 7, 2017, with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sex act where the actor is over 17 and the victim is under 15, both felonies, and with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Green pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on the evening of Dec. 7.

Sergeant Joseph Normandin of the Guilderland Police testified at the preliminary hearing nearly a year ago that he went to the Days Inn at 1230 Western Ave. in Guilderland in the early-morning hours of Dec. 7 and was the third officer on the scene.

A female 9-1-1 caller had said that someone had locked her out of her hotel room, Normandin testified.

When he arrived, he said, the girl was “visibly shaken up, crying”; she told another officer that she felt like she was going to throw up, he said, and then did go outside and threw up.

Normandin observed, he said on the stand, that she was “too upset for the situation,” that she was having tremors and trouble breathing.

He asked her if she had had sex and she told him yes, he said. Normandin said that Green told police he was in town as part of a construction crew; Green described having anal and oral contact with the girl, Normandin testified.

The then-14-year-old victim explained, Normandin testified, that she had met a man on an app called “MeetMe.” He asked her to come to the Days Inn, she told Normandin. She did not want to, she told him, but the man knew where she was “because of a GPS in her Snapchat,” and he threatened “that something bad would happen unless she came.”

He led her upstairs, where he had sex with her, she told Normandin.

She told the man she did not feel safe there, and he offered to call her an Uber car. She waited downstairs for it, and it never came. She went back upstairs and knocked on the door, the officer testified, but no one answered.

Eventually she called police, Normandin said.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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