Colonie tae kwon do instructor admits raping 13-year-old girl

Friday, November 16, 2012
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— A Colonie tae kwon do instructor arrested in May on child pornography possession charges and then charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl admitted to the rape charge today.

He previously admitted to charges related to the child pornography possession allegations, according to his attorney. Altogether, he is expected to receive seven years in state prison.

Christopher S. Gallup, 27, of Sand Creek Road, Colonie, pleaded guilty Friday in Schenectady County Court to one count of second-degree rape, a felony.

He admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2009, when he was 24 years old, prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham said.

The victim in the rape case came forward after Gallup’s earlier arrest on charges of child pornography and promoting a sexual performance by a child in Colonie, state police said previously.

In the Colonie case, Gallup was arrested following a search of his residence in which authorities seized several computers and media storage devices that authorities said contained child pornography.

The investigation started following a tip to the state police Computer Crimes Unit.

Regarding the girl’s case, Gallup was initially charged with two separate counts of second-degree rape.

State police said at the time of the arrest that the rapes occurred at a residence in Rotterdam and at a tae kwon do school located in Duanesburg. Gallup allegedly met the victim when he was an instructor at the school.

Police said Gallup was active in the tae kwon do community and is believed to have taught in many locations over the past few years.

Tremante-Pelham said after Friday’s court appearance that there was no indication there were other victims.

Regarding the victim in the rape case, Tremante-Pelham noted there were no allegations of physical injuries. Nonetheless, she said, “This has been a tough road for her, but she’s recovering with the support of her family.”

Gallup was represented by attorney Joseph McCoy, who afterward would relate only the details of each plea deal. He declined to comment further.

Gallup remains in custody. Acting Schenectady County Court Judge Polly Hoye presided over the case.

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