Just before former New York State Assembly lawyer J. Michael Boxley was sentenced Monday to six years’ probation, the 23-year-old staffer who says he raped her called his jail-free plea deal “an indictment of the criminal justice system.”
The former assembly employee claimed Albany County prosecutor Peter Torncello gave up on her case when he told her there was no chance of winning it, according to the Albany Times-Union.
“This was a first-degree rape case … not a misdemeanor,” she insisted in the proceeding before state Supreme Court Justice Thomas H. Keegan. “I risked my home, my career and my privacy to spare the sisters, mothers and daughters of this community a fate similar to mine. … I have already lost everything. Yet this admitted rapist will be released … and our streets will be just as dangerous as they were on June 10.”
Boxley, the 44-year-old top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted three rape counts. He faced 25 years in prison if convicted.
Boxley later pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor. It wasn’t the first time a legislative employee had accused him of inappropriate behavior.
In 2001, an aide to Dutchess County Assemblyman Patrick Manning, alleged that Boxley forced her to have sex at his apartment, also after a night of drinking.