ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was sentenced  to 10 years of probation Friday after he committed a sex act against a person while he or she was sleeping.

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Marquis Rausch-Moran pleaded guilty to first-degree sex abuse on March 15, where he admitted to the crime.

During an impact statement — read by Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama — the victim detailed how the crime has impacted his or her life.

“It feels like I’m in a place in my life right now where nobody understands,” Lama read. “Personally, I feel like you’re getting away too easy.”

The statement went on to say that the victim feels ashamed for being abused and now lives in fear of encountering Rausch-Moran in public.

“I hope you get the help you need,” the statement concluded.

Part of the plea deal requires Rausch-Moran to register as a sex offender, complete sex offender treatment and adhere to a 10-year order of protection issued against him.

Rausch-Moran’s attorney,  Bill Furniss, said in court that his client suffers from developmental disabilities but is able to take full responsibility for his actions.

Judge Joseph Cassidy said he was concerned that Rausch-Moran denied that he committed a crime during the pre-sentence investigation. The plea deal requires that he talk about the offense for treatment.

“What that’s going to result in is a violation of probation filed against you,” Cassidy warned. He said that if it happens again, Rausch-Moran could face incarceration.

Furniss assured the court that that his client understood the requirements.

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Jolene Almendarez

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