Friday, July 15, 2022

Sex Offender: Abuse Lasted Nearly Two Years:
Former Castile man admits repeatedly raping child under 13, gets 15-20 years
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CRAIG POLER
A former Castile man is facing a state prison term of 15 to 20 years after he admitted that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child.

Craig Poler, 34, appeared in Wyoming County Court Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

Poler admitted that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13 between Jan. 14, 2020 and Jan. 4 of this year. As part of the plea agreement, Poler will face a prison term of 15 to 20 years, with 10 years of post-release supervision.

District Attorney Donald O’Geen said Poler will have to register as a sex offender for life. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chelsie Hamilton.

Poler was arrested in January after a Wyoming County sheriff’s investigation. He had been charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, which carries a maximum term of life in prison.

“This result is a testament to the leadership of Sheriff Greg Rudolph and his Criminal Investigation Division staff and their collaboration with the Child Advocacy Center, the Wyoming County District Attorney’s Office, NYSP Crime Laboratory, and United States Attorney’s Office,” O’Geen said. “It is when we all work together towards justice for the victims of all crime that we get just results. We will continue to aggressively bring people who sexually abuse children to justice.”

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