ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man who admitted to committing sex crimes involving a minor was sentenced to two years in state prison on Thursday.

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Jeremiah McCoy, 37, of 54 Abbot Lane in Ithaca, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse in the first degree in late May. He was originally charged with first-degree sexual abuse.

“This is a tragedy, Mr. McCoy,” Judge John C. Rowley said at his sentencing.

Tompkins County Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama praised the courage of the victim in the case — a girl younger than 18 — and said that McCoy had a “lengthy criminal history in New York and Florida that spans 17 years.”

Jeremiah McCoy

McCoy will also serve 15 years of post-release supervision. He’s been barred from any contact with children under the age of 18 and will have to register as a sex offender.

In the incident of April 3, 2015, the victim awoke to find herself being violated by McCoy, according to law enforcement. McCoy had encouraged the girl to stay the night at his house, ADA Lama said at Thursday’s sentencing.

Lama also said McCoy had not been forthcoming with the probation officer after the plea deal, adding that this made her worry that McCoy was failing to take responsibility.

“The defendant has shirked responsibility for his actions by claiming he doesn’t recall the events of April 3,” she said, “and that he’s ‘still trying to figure out how this whole situation occurred.’”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.