Milton man admits forcibly raping underage girl at gunpoint
BALLSTON SPA A Milton man admitted Tuesday in court to forcibly raping an underage girl last year.
Zachary W. Currier, 18, of 651 Geyser Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree rape. Authorities said the victim awoke in July 2012 to find Currier, whom she knew, in her bedroom in Saratoga Springs holding what looked like a handgun — it was actually a pellet gun. He threatened her and forced her to have sex with him, authorities said.
Currier is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in prison and as much as 20 years of post-release supervision and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said.
In separate guilty pleas Tuesday, Currier also admitted to third-degree criminal mischief for drilling holes into vehicle gas tanks to steal the fuel in January in Malta and to second-degree attempted burglary for a January incident in Halfmoon.
He faces sentencing on all charges in August.
Also this week in Saratoga County Court:
• Christine Zientak, 48, owner of Vasiliou Homes Inc. of Queensbury, was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $144,896 in restitution for committing third-degree grand larceny in July 2011. Authorities said Zientak built a new home in Malta and was paid by the homeowner but then failed to pay subcontractors who provided services during the construction.
• Benjamin Lapoint, 36, of Hudson Falls, was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison and ordered to pay $10,725 in restitution for committing fourth-degree grand larceny Oct. 31, 2012, in Wilton.
• Robert Buskey Sr., 52, of 1407 State St., Schenectady, was sentenced Tuesday to 11⁄2 to three years in prison for committing fourth-degree grand larceny on two dates in October 2010 in Wilton.
• Stephen M. Allen Jr., 26, of 357 Milton Ave., Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Tuesday to 11⁄2 to three years in prison and two years of post-release supervision and was ordered to forfeit $1,560 for committing third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in November in Saratoga Springs. In another case, Allen was sentenced to 11⁄2 to three years in prison to run concurrently and ordered to pay $3,968 in restitution for committing second-degree attempted assault in June 2012 in Saratoga Springs.
• Michael Edwards, 23, of 315 Duane Ave., Schenectady, was sentenced Tuesday to 11⁄2 years in prison and three years of post-release supervision for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in November in Malta.
• Ryan Hazlett, 28, of 6 Berkshire Drive West, Clifton Park, was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation for driving drunk in December in Halfmoon.
• Stephen Gyarmathy, 44, of 6 Plank Road, Porter Corners, was sentenced Monday to six months in the Saratoga County jail — with credit for time served — and five years’ probation and was ordered to install an alcohol-sensing ignition interlock device on his vehicle on charges of felony aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Gyarmathy drove drunk in July 2012 in Greenfield.
• Brian Curran, 32, of 9 East Side Drive, Ballston Spa, was sentenced Monday to one year in the Saratoga County jail for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a crime he committed in October 2012 in Malta.
• James J. Giroux, 43, of 219 Glen Ave., Scotia, pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in October in Mechanicville. He faces sentencing in August.
• Eric Vanbuskirk, 51, of 870 Stanley St., Schenectady, admitted Monday to committing felony DWI in March in Saratoga Springs and will be sentenced in August.
• Stephen R. Daniels IV, 30, of Albany, pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in March in Saratoga Springs and will be sentenced in August.