QUEENSBURY — A Glens Falls man who was accused of forcibly raping a 12-year-old girl in woods at Haviland Cove last June is headed to prison for 7 years after his guilty plea to a rape count on Wednesday.
Shane R. Brousseau, 20, pleaded guilty in Warren County Court to second-degree rape, a felony, for a May 31 sexual assault in the park along the Hudson River in Glens Falls.
Brousseau quietly told Warren County Judge John Hall that he assaulted the girl in the park that night, the young man admitting to a charge that accuses him of having sex with a child who was too young to legally consent.
Police said the girl initially indicated she was forcibly raped. She sneaked out of her home that night to accompany Brousseau to the park, and was given alcohol by him before the sexual assault, according to police.
The girl was not reported to be injured.
But after an investigation by Glens Falls Police and State Police, he was charged with first-degree rape based on her age. That count carries the same weight as first-degree rape as a forcible sexual offense.
The reduced charge to which Brousseau pleaded guilty is filed when a person over the age of 18 has sex with a person under the age of 15.
Neither Brousseau nor his lawyer, Bradley Krause, made a statement when Brousseau was sentenced by Warren County Judge John Hall. Hall imposed the 7-year prison term to be followed by 10 years on parole.
Warren County District Attorney Jason Carusone said the plea deal was endorsed by the victim and “allows us to spare her from having to testify at a trial.”
“He received the maximum for second-degree rape, and will be in prison and supervised for 17 years,” he said.
An order of protection bars him from contacting the girl, and he will have to register as a sex offender.
Brousseau will have to serve at least 6 years before becoming eligible for parole.
Police said Brousseau lived in South Glens Falls at the time of the arrest, but in court Wednesday he told Hall he lives in Glens Falls.
LAKE GEORGE — A little bit of European-style holiday cheer is coming to the village.
Adirondack Christkindlmarkt will take place Friday through Sunday at the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons at 17-19 Westbrook Road.
The free event features more than 30 artisan vendors, musical entertainment, children’s events and other activities under two heated tents.
The event is a partnership between the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau and Adirondack Folk School.
Christkindlmarkt is German for Christmas market and that was the inspiration for the event, according to Kristen Hanifin, CVB sales director.
“With the background of our beautiful lake and mountains, it’s very reminiscent of the Christkindlmarkt in Lake Constance, Germany,” said Hanifan, who lived overseas for 13 years.
Chamber officials designed the event to bring more year-round business into the area as part of its Lake George 365 initiative. They hope it will become an annual tradition.
The chamber teamed with the Adirondack Folk School, which will bring in artisans who will sell items such as hand-woven baskets, sculpture, soy wax candles, stoneware, furniture, sheepskin rugs, jewelry, alpaca hats, lavender products and other items.
“It’s a really wide variety of products and artisans,” she said.
Scott Hayden, executive director of the Adirondack Folk School, said he is excited about the event.
“I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to help promote our school and our region’s artisan-instructors to a wider audience and that this would be the Folk School’s contribution to the Lake George 365 efforts,” he said in a news release.
Musical entertainment will be featured, too, including a traditional Bavarian dance troupe. Children’s activities include the writing of letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a book-signing with Elizabeth Macy, author of “Lucky’s Adventures” (and a meet and greet with Lucky the dog).
Lake George Steamship Co. will be serving coffee, donuts and Gluhwein, which translates from German to English as “glow wine.” It is brewed with cinnamon and holiday spices.
The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m.
The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“It is truly a holiday experience. It’s unlike a lot of other holiday markets or Christmas fairs in the area,” Hanifin said.
Free parking is available at the Million Dollar Beach lot and other places throughout the village.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on Friday.
The ceremony will be at 12:55 p.m. Friday at the war memorial in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.