QUEENSBURY — A Schenectady man arrested in June 2017 as part of an online sting of men seeking sex with underage girls was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison.
Adam S. Hiedeman, 33, was one of a dozen men captured by undercover officers, who placed classified ads offering “taboo fun.” The officers then told the men that girls ages 9 to 14 would engage in sex acts with them.
Hiedeman received the most prison time of any of the men charge. He was the only one who took his case to trial and a jury in May convicted him on felony counts of attempted second-degree rape, attempted criminal sex act and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
At issue was whether the sentences for the various counts of the indictment would be served consecutively or concurrently. Assistant District Attorney Travis Brown said an undercover officer posed as the stepfather of a 14-year-old girl who was arranging for him to have sex with her. Brown argued that Hiedeman agreed to various sex acts including intercourse with a 14-year-old girl and oral sex acts. Each one of those should be counted as a separate act.
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“He readily and happily agreed to those criminal acts,” he said.
Brown had cited Hiedeman’s prior bad acts including a conviction in family court as a juvenile in Iowa for touching another boy’s genitals. He also has misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance on his record.
Brown also criticized Hiedeman’s character in this case including making misstatements at the trial and not telling the truth about his sexual proclivities. “He’s never shown remorse. He’s never accepted responsibility for his actions,” he said.
Brown asked Warren County Court Judge John Hall to sentence Hiedeman to 4 years on the attempted rape charges and 1 1/2 years each on the attempted criminal sex act charges, with the latter being served concurrently for a total sentence of 5 1/2 years and 10 years of post-release supervision.
Hiedeman’s attorney, Anthony Pastel, told the judge that he believes that concurrent sentences should be imposed as these crimes were all part of one continuous act that occurred when his client got out of his car to meet with the undercover officer posing as the stepfather of the 14-year-old girl.
“At no point did Mr. Hiedeman think he was talking to a minor,” he said.
Pastel said his client suffered from “clouded, subpar thinking” on that night and was nervous, rather than excited as characterized by the prosecutor. When the undercover officer asked him if he was interested in giving and receiving oral sex with the girl, his response was “OK.”
Pastel said his client’s prior sex crime occurred when he was 16. He has not had any issues with the law since he has been living in New York state.
“This has ruined his life,” he said.
Hiedeman said it has been a scary and humbling experience for him. He said he is embarrassed for his family and that he is losing time away from his son.
“I want my son to look at me and say ‘my dad is a great man,’” he said.
He said his whole life has changed because of one mistake he made.
“I stand before you today and ask for leniency,” he said.
Hall said he was troubled by Hiedeman’s previous sex offense and the fact that there were 100 sexually explicit photos and 20 videos on his phone. None were of children.
“It certainly indicates that he has a preoccupation with sex,” he said.
Hall also disagreed with his attorney’s characterization of his client as being nervous on that night, citing his response to when the undercover officer posing as the girl’s stepfather asked if he wanted to have sex with her.
“The defendant said something to the effect of F yeah — showing excitement and joy,” Hall said, not using the expletive.
In his research of relevant case law, Hall said he believes that agreeing to the different sex acts constitute separate crimes that can receive separate sentences. He sentenced him to 12 years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision
Pastel plans to appeal the sentence and the conviction.