BALLSTON SPA An emergency medical technician from Clifton Park who abused three young boys was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison and then another 20 years of post-release supervision.
Eric Loeser, 22, of Reed Lane, was termed a “skillful manipulator” by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano, who sentenced him on three felony charges and one misdemeanor related to the abuse.
“I agree [with prosecutors] that the defendant has failed to take responsibility for his actions,” Scarano said, citing the findings of a pre-sentencing probation report interview, in which Loeser cast blame on others.
The prison sentence, 20 years and six months, was in keeping with the terms of a plea bargain entered into when Loeser pleaded guilty in October to second-degree kidnapping, first- and third-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree sexual abuse. Scarano also ordered the maximum period of post-release supervision, though he could have given less.
“Loeser is the definition of a child predator. He lies in wait until an unsuspecting child comes along and then lures the child in building a trusting and friendly relationship on the surface with his sexual desire raging just below the surface,” District Attorney James A. Murphy III said in a statement.
He said Loeser may be a candidate for civil confinement following completion of his prison sentence, at which time he will be 42 years old.
“As prosecutors we must do everything within our power not only to hold Loeser responsible for the deviant acts that he committed, but to protect potential future victims from his harm,” Murphy said.
Before the sentencing, one of the victims gave a victim impact statement in court, and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Schettino read impact statements on behalf of the other two victims.
“I will have trust problems all my life along with multiple anxiety problems related to not being able to trust,” said the teenage victim who spoke in court.
Loeser was accused of abusing the boys, who were not related, in 2010 and 2011 when they were ages 15, 13, and 8.
“This [sentence] was only possible because of the strength and courage these three children had,” Schettino said in court. “He preyed upon vulnerable children at vulnerable times in their lives.”
In July 2011, Loeser abducted the 15-year-old from his home and kept him for the next 20 days, sexually assaulting him repeatedly while traveling to Pennsylvania, Vermont and throughout New York state, according to prosecutors. The boy was eventually left in Buffalo, near the Canadian border, where he sought help from a nearby resident. Murphy said Loeser had met the boy while on a medical call to assist him.
The mother of the 8-year-old said in an impact statement that Loeser encouraged the child to make false abuse claims against his parents, in an effort to have the child removed from their home so that Loeser could “adopt” him. The entire family has had to receive counseling, she wrote.
“You are a disgrace to your family and society,” the mother said in the statement read by Schettino.
“What Eric did to me is unforgiveable,” the third victim wrote in his impact statement. He wrote that while attending a candlelight vigil for a friend, he met Loeser, wearing his EMT uniform and claiming to have helped the victim’s dead friend.
Loeser declined to make a statement in court. His attorney, Terence Kindlon of Albany, said that in pleading guilty, Loeser has taken responsibility for his actions.
Loeser must register as a sex offender and must give a DNA sample to add to the state’s criminal database. Scarano also issued orders of protection requiring that he stay away from the victims.
Loeser’s co-defendant in the kidnapping case, Timothy Kaye of Round Lake, was a dispatcher for the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department at the time. Kaye pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping and third-degree criminal sex act, and has already been sentenced to eight years in prison. Murphy said Kaye was not involved with Loeser’s other two victims.
Murphy said state police, the federal Department of Homeland Security and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the multicounty, multistate investigation.