Long prison terms face two Saratoga County child molesters
BALLSTON SPA Two men were convicted in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday of sexually abusing children.
An EMT from Clifton Park accused of the “vile” sexual assault of three boys pleaded guilty to four charges. And in an unrelated case, a jury convicted a man of sexually assaulting two girls over several years in Malta.
The EMT, Eric Loeser, 22, of 24 Reed Lane, Clifton Park, faces 20 years and six months in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced Nov. 28 in the assault of the three boys, said Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III.
Loeser admitted to second-degree kidnapping, first- and third-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree sexual abuse.
“This predator’s sexual attack on three boys is so vile, he should be permanently removed from our community,” Murphy said in a statement.
Loeser used his position as an emergency medical technician to befriend some of his victims, authorities said.
Loeser met one of the victims, a 15-year-old, when he responded to a medical call to help him. Loeser befriended him and offered to “run away” with the boy, Murphy said.
The boy reportedly came from a facility connected with Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany.
In July 2011, Loeser abducted the teen from his home and kept him for the next 20 days, sexually assaulting him repeatedly and traveling to Pennsylvania, Vermont and throughout New York state while authorities looked for the boy, Murphy said. Loeser eventually left the teen in an apartment complex in Buffalo, where the boy got help from a neighbor.
Loeser met another victim, age 9, and sexually abused him over several months after he started acting as the child’s mentor in 2009, Murphy said.
The third boy was 13 when Loeser befriended him by saying he had treated the boy’s injured friend. Loeser encouraged the teen to live with him, Murphy said.
Loeser’s co-defendant in the kidnapping case, Timothy Kaye of Round Lake, pleaded guilty previously to second-degree kidnapping and third-degree criminal sex act. Kaye was a dispatcher for the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office; he will be sentenced later this month.
In the other conviction Wednesday, Michael A. Santiago, 42, of North Greenfield Road, Porter Corners, was found guilty on two felony counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct involving two girls.
After a four-day trial, the jury deliberated less than two hours before convicting Santiago.
The teens, ages 18 and 17, testified. Santiago assaulted the older victim from 2001 to 2006, starting when she was 7, authorities said.
The younger victim was 6 when the sexual abuse started in 2001. It ended in 2008.
Santiago knew the girls, and the sexual acts happened in his home when he lived at 52 Avenue C in Malta.
He faces up to seven years in state prison on each of the convictions. Sentencing is Nov. 29.