KINGSTON – A 24-year-old Kingston man was sentenced in Ulster County Court on Wednesday to seven years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for having sex with an eight-year-old girl.
Carlos Butz-Paau pled guilty in May to sexual abuse.
Beginning in late December 2021 through March 21 of this year, he began inappropriately touching the victim. He was renting a room in the same house as the victim, who lived in a separate room with her family.
On March 21, the victim missed her school bus and Butz-Paau forcibly engaged in sex acts including intercourse with the child between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The victim’s mother noticed marks on the child’s body when she was changing into her pajamas later that evening, and she told her mother what had happened.
Kingston Police were called and arrested Butz-Paau who was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
“Unfortunately, this case is part of a spate of cases in which children who reside in crowded housing conditions, especially in our recent immigrant community, have been sexually assaulted and harmed,” said District Attorney David Clegg. “The dire lack of affordable housing in the county leaves many with no choices but to live in houses shared by multiple families and strangers, with minimal to no security measures in place.”
Clegg said while his office will “continue to do everything in our power to prosecute sexual predators, this is a stark example of the unacceptable cost of the housing crisis on our community’s most vulnerable.”