Victims call child predator Marshall Gaudet a 'monster' before judge sends him to prison
December 13, 2017 06:32 PM
BALLSTON SPA - The crimes he committed are too horrific to comprehend.
Marshall Gaudet raped and sexually abused countless children, prosecutors say, over several years.
It came to an end when a teenage victim went to police.
One of his victims spoke in court Wednesday. "Finding out what you did to me was absolutely heartbreaking, but finding out there are more girls just like me is sickening. You are not a human, but a monster."
Investigators found tens of thousands of images and videos of child porn on Gaudet's computer, including some showing him raping children as young as 18 months old.
"She can be heard crying out in pain and he can be heard saying, 'Shhh, just lie there' as he continue to forcibly rape this infant," said Assistant District Attorney Michele Schettino.
Prosecutors say Gaudet would find his teenage victims on social media where he'd pretend to be a teenager himself, using the name Josh Rivers.
Schettino said Gaudet would gain girls' trust over months and years and then when they'd meet in person, he'd rape them and videotape and photograph the attacks.
Gaudet pleaded guilty in October and tried unsuccessfully to withdraw his guilty plea Wednesday.
At sentencing, Judge Jim Murphy asked Gaudet if he wanted to say anything for himself.
"No thank you, your honor."
The judge scolded Gaudet for not even saying he was sorry, and for smirking during the proceeding.
"I hope to never understand the evil that you have inside you," Murphy said. "There's no lesser form of human than you."
Murphy sentenced Gaudet to 25 years to life and told him he wished it could be more.
As Gaudet was led out of the courthouse, a NewsChannel 13 reporter asked him if he was sorry. Gaudet said nothing.
The judge also issued orders of protection, directing Gaudet to have no contact with his victims for 100 years.
Updated: December 13, 2017 06:32 PM
Created: December 13, 2017 05:53 PM
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