Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Hahn raped children in Attica and Town of Alabama:
Appeal Denied, Court upholds conviction, sentence in child rape case

A man who was denied youthful offender status and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping two children had his appeal denied by a state appeals court Friday. The state Appellate Division, Fourth Depart-ment unanimously upheld the 2017 conviction and sentencing for Leonard E. Hahn IV.

Hahn, who is now 22, was convicted in 2017 of raping two children under 11 years old while in the town of Alabama and in Attica in 2016. He was sentenced to concurrent 10-year terms in both Wyoming and Genesee counties, along with 20 years of post-release supervision.

Hahn appealed, claiming that his waiver of his right to appeal was invalid, that he was not given youthful offender status, even though he was 17 when the crimes happened, and the sentence was “unduly harsh and severe.” The court ruled against all three claims and refused to “exercise our discretion in the interest of justice to grant him” youthful offender status.

Hahn, formerly of Le Roy, was arrested first in Genesee and then again in Wyoming after a second victim came forward. Both victims were acquainted with Hahn. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and is serving his term at Great Meadow Correctional Facility. He is eligible for parole in 2024.

    By DN's SCOTT DESMIT - sdesmit@batavianews.com

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