Sex abusers of chil­dren get lengthy prison terms

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane PineiroZucker dpzucker@free­manon­line. com di­aneat­free­man on Twit­ter

Three men and a woman who were con­victed in Columbia County Court of preda­tory sex­ual as­sault of four chil­dren have been sen­tenced to a min­i­mum of 50 years each in state prison, Columbia County District At­tor­ney Paul Cza­jka said Thurs­day.

Go­liath Van Alphen, 47, of Clav­er­ack, his for­mer wife, Jea­nine Van AlphenMoot, 32, of Hills­dale, Eu­gene Shack­el­ton, 59, of Copake, and Wil­liam Wen­dover III, 29, of Cairo, were con­victed Aug. 10, and each was sen­tenced Tues­day by Judge Richard Koweek to 50 years to life be­hind bars.

They are likely to serve the re­main­der of their lives in prison, Cza­jka said.

The four were con­victed of two felony counts each of preda­tory sex­ual as­sault and the felonies of crim­i­nal so­lic­i­ta­tion and sex­ual per­for­mance by a child.

The trial lasted twoand-a-half weeks, and the jury de­lib­er­ated for a dayand-a-half, Cza­jka said.

The four were ar­rested in July 2015 after be­ing in­dicted in a 58-count in­dict­ment al­leg­ing they par­tic­i­pated in sex­ual of­fenses, in­clud­ing rape, in­volv­ing the chil­dren, who all were un­der 13. The vic­tims cur­rently are ages 9 to 14, the pros­e­cu­tor said.

In De­cem­ber 2013, a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the state po­lice Bureau of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Cza­jka’s of­fice and Columbia County Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices “re­vealed that nu­mer­ous vic­tims suf­fered at the hands of the suspects,” po­lice said at the time. The crimes oc­curred be­tween June 2009 and Fe­bru­ary 2011, and four de­fen­dants had been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion since late 2012, the district at­tor­ney said.

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From left: Eu­gene Shack­le­ton, Go­liath Van Alphen, Jea­nine Van Alphen-Moot and Wil­liam Wen­dover III

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