ITHACA, N.Y.—A 56-year-old Ithaca man was convicted last week of charges related to a sexual abuse arrest from March 2021.

Eric N. Deas was convicted after a jury trial on Feb. 22, the Tompkins County District Attorney announced on Monday. He was found guilty of first-degree assault and second-degree aggravated sexual abuse. Both charges are felonies. He will be sentenced on April 4, 2022.

In an initial press release last year, police said that Deas abused the victim some time during March 6 or March 7, 2021, and that he knew the victim prior to the assault. Assistant District Attorney Veronica Fox prosecuted the case.

“I would like to recognize the extraordinary efforts of ADA Veronica Fox, specifically her untiring advocacy for this victim of this extremely traumatic case,” said District Attorney Matt Van Houten.

Matt Butler

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