November 12, 2013 —
District Attorney Jim Farrell announced that James Conley, 35, of Hurleyville, NY was sentenced to 18 years in state prison and 20 years of post-release supervision for his conviction for Course of Sexual Conduct against a Child in the 1st Degree, a class B violent felony.
Farrell said that Conley admitted to engaging in a course of sexual conduct with a young girl on multiple occasions from the time she was 10 years old until she was 12 years old. Conley was arrested after an investigation by the Sullivan County Family Violence Response Team in December of 2012.
The team, formed in the wake of the Christopher Gardner murder, is staffed by social workers from Sullivan County’s Department of Family Services, an investigator from the New York State Police and a member of the District Attorney’s Office.
Their focus is the sexual and physical abuse of children, and they have been successful in detecting, investigating and prosecuting offenders who victimize children.
“The team has worked very hard to bring some measure of justice to the child victims of sexual assault. The victims of these crimes are extremely courageous and brave for coming forward and we must ensure that the adults who harm these children are held accountable and that other victims feel comfortable in coming forward. The sentence imposed by the court today does that,” Farrell said.
Conley was ordered to stay away from the victim and ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.