Appellate court rejects appeal of Dutchess man serving time for criminal sexual act

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POUGHKEEPSIE – A man who
is serving up to 16 years in state prison on charges of criminal sexual
act for engaging in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old, had his appeal
rejected by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, Second Department.

Scott Plass was convicted in Dutchess County Court on May 27, 2015 of
six counts of criminal sexual act, three counts of sexual abuse, and endangering
the welfare of a child.

Plass sought to suppress his statements to law enforcement authorities;
that was denied by the court. He also sought to have one count in the
10-count indictment against him severed because the charge was alleged
to have been committed outside the court’s jurisdiction, in Suffolk
County.

The appeals court also rejected that argument citing the alleged conduct
occurred in both counties “and proof of the conduct constituting
the other nine counties was material and admissible as evidence in chief
as to county 10.”