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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.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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