Get Liberated ! - not regulated 


Hell the Chief! 

By: Philip A. Vanno, The Record; June 26, 2002

A former police chief is facing up to 50 years in state prison after he was found guilty by a Rensselaer County Court jury on Tuesday evening of repeatedly raping a young girl at his home from the time she was in grade school until last summer.
After about seven hours of jury deliberation, 47-year-old Thomas Levandowski showed little emotion as he was convicted of a total of 43 counts, including rape, course of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child for the sexual assaults that occurred at his 35 Snow St. home in Hoosick Falls every other month from 1996 to 2001.

Levandowski, who spent time as the chief of police in Cambridge, and as a deputy with the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Department, was also found guilty of criminal contempt for violating an order of protection by visiting the now 15-year-old girl's school in Hoosick Falls last September.
Over the course of the 10-day trial, Assistant District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis called several witnesses, including friends of the victim, school officials and physicians, who testified to evidence of physical and sexual abuse that she suffered at the hands of the defendant.

During her closing argument on Monday, DeAngelis became extremely emotional when advocating for the girl, painting a picture of a frightened child who could not perform in school and lost nearly 30 pounds due to horrific mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Levandowski's attorney, Peter Lynch, maintained throughout the trial that his client was being falsely accused by a girl he categorized as "a manipulator."

He also tried to attack her credibility by pointing out inconsistencies in statements she made to authorities and between grand jury and trial testimony.

Perhaps the biggest point of contention was a phone call between the girl and Levandowski that was set up and recorded by the State Police.

While Lynch contended that his client had denied the rapes on the tape, DeAngelis said he was veiling threats and attempting to get the girl to change her story to save himself.

District Attorney Kenneth Bruno said he was extremely pleased with the result of the case and the work put in by DeAngelis and the State Police.

"This was not an easy case to prove, but we stayed with it," Bruno said. "All we really had to go on was the victim ... but (DeAngelis) did an excellent job as always ... and the State Police lead by Senior Investigator Tom Aiken are also to be commended.

"We are just thankful that this victim was able to see some justice. She went through a terrible ordeal. We've seen here that sexual abuse crosses all walks of life. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it is."

Lynch could not be reached for comment.

Levandowski will be sentenced by Supreme Court Judge George Ceresia on Aug. 22.

Submitted by: Werner Hetzner 

Source: Troy Record




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