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Rape charges dropped against Rensselaer man due to clerical error

Rape charges dropped against Rensselaer man due to clerical error

RENSSELAER — New charges were filed against John Halacy on Wednesday after rape charges were dropped because the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s office failed to file key paperwork in his case to present it to the grand jury.

Halacy, 23, said nothing as he and his attorney Arthur Frost, the public defender, walked from the courthouse to his car. Halacy signed three orders of protection brought against him before leaving. He’s due back in court Dec. 11.

Halacy was arrested back in February for raping two girls, ages 13 and 14, authorities said. Outside court, the mother of the 13-year-old girl said she'd wants “street justice.”

"She’s terrified to see him and my older son ran into him at our local convenience store already and so we will be running into him and there’s just nothing anybody can do so hopefully, like everybody is saying, street justice will prevail.

“I’m very angry, I have violent thoughts towards him, I wish him nothing but a slow painful death and I hope he rots in hell,” she said.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Kruegler tried to apologize to the mother but she was turned away.

"I take full responsibility for this," Kruegler told the Times-Union. She who handles sex crimes for DA Rich McNally. "I thought the paperwork was in, but it was not."

According to his Facebook page, who lists as “John (Callmegod) Halacy,” Halacy posts “…I have 1 semester left so I'm going to finish up and get my degree.”

 

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