QUEENSBURY — A Greenwich man heard from the little girl he sexually abused Wednesday in Warren County Court as he was being sentenced, with the victim telling Judge John Hall she was still scared “he would come to get me.”
The 11-year-old told Hall she was scared to tell anyone about the abuse by 49-year-old Michael Elmore, but eventually trusted a teacher who made an abuse report. Elmore was familiar with the girl.
That resulted in Elmore’s arrest on felony and misdemeanor charges in Queensbury last September, and he pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, in November.
His victim got her chance to tell Elmore and the judge how she has “bad dreams” and fears that Elmore will abuse her again.
“He needs to go somewhere far away from me so maybe my bad dreams will go away,” she said.
Hall reassured her that an order of protection will require Elmore to stay away from her for at least 12 years.
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“You don’t have to be afraid of anything,” he said.
Warren County Assistant District Attorney Ben Smith told Hall he was concerned that Elmore seemed to blame the victim for initiating the sexual contact during an interview for a pre-sentence report in the case.
He said his office believed a longer jail sentence than 16 weekends was warranted.
“This is definitely deserving of a prison sentence, a harsher sentence,” Smith said.
Elmore had no apology or statement in court. But his lawyer, Greg Teresi, said he was remorseful and “recognized how incredibly wrong he was and is seeking help to put himself in a better place.”
Hall said he was swayed to spare Elmore a prison term by a psychological report that concluded he was remorseful and had been seeking counseling.
Elmore asked for permission to travel for work while on probation, as he works in the furniture business and his position requires trips out of state to buy furniture.
His weekend sentence will begin this weekend, and he will have to register as a sex offender as well.
Don Lehman covers police and court matters, Warren County government and the outdoors. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or email@example.com