Saratoga County couple sentenced in child sexual abuse case

March 15, 2017 06:56 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Together in life, together in court, separate in prison.

Michael and Jeanne Mosher, husband and wife, were sentenced Wednesday for sexually abusing five children over a period of seven years. The youngest was less than 10 when the abuse began.

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Two of the victims offering powerful impact statements Wednesday.

"How can you consider yourselves even remotely human?"one asked. "For you, hurting us was as easy as breathing."

The girl went on to tell the Moshers that she no longer fears them. "From this point on, you will always be nothing. You won't haunt my dreams. I won't be afraid when I go to bed at night."

As the children spoke, the Moshers rarely looked up. Once, Michael wrinkled his brow, appearing like he couldn't believe what his victim was saying.

"You are a disgusting excuse for a human. I can't believe you would force yourself on someone. Let alone a child," his young victim told him.

When the judge gave the Moshers an opportunity to speak, they declined. Passing on their chance to apologize.

It appeared Jeanne Mosher held a written apology in her hand, but never shared it.

Judge Jim Murphy called them out on that, saying the couple showed no remorse.

As an agreed upon plea, they were both sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for predatory assault of children.

"There's not a more appropriate conviction as these defendants are predators in every sense of the word," said Jennifer Buckley, assistant district attorney.

The judge pointed out that Mrs. Mosher would sometimes give the children over the counter drugs like Benadryl and Nyquil before the attacks.

"If that's not co-conspiratorial, premeditated and evil, I don't know what is," said Murphy.

As the Moshers were led away in handcuffs, they again passed up the chance to say they're sorry.

Jeanne Mosher Jeanne nodded her head when NewsChannel 13 asked her if she had planned to apologize in court.

One of their victims telling the couple before they were sentenced, "You're not sorry you did it, you're sorry you got caught."

Both Moshers will be 78 when they first become eligible for parole.


Mark Mulholland

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