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Former LP man guilty of rape, sexual abuse

February 17, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer (cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - A former Lake Placid resident has been found guilty of rape and sexual abuse.

Daniel Stahl, 22, most recently of Florida, was in Essex County Court this week for a bench trial because he previously waived his right to a jury trial. Judge Richard Meyer handed down his verdict on Thursday, finding Stahl guilty of first-degree rape, a class B violent felony, and first-degree sexual abuse, a class D violent felony.

The verdict followed a six-day proceeding during which evidence was presented by Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague and Assistant District Attorney Michele Bowen.

Stahl was arrested in January 2010 after he was accused of giving a woman the prescription drug Xanax and raping her in the village of Lake Placid one year prior.

"While the female was physically helpless, the defendant ... subjected her to sexual conduct," Sprague said in a press release.

Sprague said the prosecution used expert testimony from medical personnel, DNA analysts and a toxicologist to secure the guilty verdict.

Stahl was originally indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, three counts of facilitating a sex offense with a controlled substance and first-degree criminal sexual act, but Judge Meyer dismissed the indictment in May 2011 due to evidentiary problems. Sprague resubmitted the charges to another grand jury in June 2011.

Sentencing has been set for April 26, and the court is expected to receive a pre-sentence investigation report from the Essex County Probation Department before then.

Sprague argued that Stahl presented a flight risk because of his ties to Florida and asked that he be kept in jail. The court increased his bail to $75,000 cash bail or $110,000 bond.

Stahl could face up to 25 years in state prison and as much as 20 years of post-release supervision. He will also be deemed a sex offender under New York state law.

 
 

 

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