Man acquitted of rape, guilty of assault

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The jury that heard the case of a LaGrange man charged with rape and other crimes against a woman in 2018 has returned a not guilty verdict on the three rape charges. Twenty-one-year-old Frederick Gentile III was convicted of three counts of sexual misconduct, one count of assault, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The story about the trial can be found HERE.

Dutchess County Court Judge Edward McLoughlin presided over the trial that began last week. Assistant District Attorney Kristine Whelan, the bureau chief of the Special Victims Bureau, responded to Tuesday’s verdict, saying, “Obviously we believe we had sufficient evidence to prove this element of the charge, however, by its verdict, the jury disagreed.”

Gentile was represented by the law firm of McCabe, Coleman, Ventosa, and Patterson, with attorney Steve Patterson handling the trial. Reached after the verdict was read, Patterson said, “We are very pleased with the verdict. Cases this serious are never easy. There’s a lot on the line. At the end of the day, it came down to the proof, which just wasn’t there.” Patterson took a moment to thank the jurors who sat through some very graphic testimony. “Thankfully, the jury did their job and made the right decision. We want to thank the jurors in this case for their hard work and attention to detail.”

Sentencing has been scheduled for January 24, 2022.