15-year prison sentence of sex offender upheld

Fulton County Acting District Attorney Amanda Nellis announced Monday that the Appellate Division of New York state Supreme Court has upheld the 2018 conviction and 15-year state prison sentence of Gloversville resident Robert W. Velett.

Velett, who previously resided at 112 Washington St., was convicted of 1st Degree sexual abuse in 2018 after a four-day jury trial. On Oct. 12, 2018 he was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, 20 years of post release supervision and a one-year sentence in county jail on a misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child conviction that ran concurrently.

Velett’s conviction came after a 2017 Gloversville Police Dept. investigation determined he had “knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child” while babysitting a neighbor’s child in June 2017 when he had oral and anal sexual conduct with a juvenile male.

He was already a state-registered Level 2 sex offender when the incident occurred based on a 1999 conviction for first-degree sexual abuse. New York State Dept. of Corrections records indicate Velett served a one-year, five-month state prison sentence in Arthur Kill Correctional Facility in Staten Island and was then placed on parole on May 13, 2003.

Nellis press release Monday said Velett was arrested after DNA evidence came back from the New York State Police Lab, which indicated he had contact with the child.

During the trial in 2018 two scientists from the DNA laboratory testified that Velett’s DNA was located on intimate areas of the child’s body.

Nellis’ press release quoted the Appellate Division of New York state Supreme Court decision as stating, ‘Although the defendant was sentenced to the maximum term on both of his convictions, in light of the defendant’s criminal history, the serious nature of the offense given the vulnerability of this young victim and defendant’s lack of remorse, we discern neither an abuse of discretion nor extraordinary circumstances warranting a reduction in the interest of justice.'”

By Jason Subik

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