HUDSON — A convicted Columbia County sex offender was sentenced Monday to serve more than three years in prison.
Shawn Mazelie, 41, of Hudson, was sentenced to serve 3 1/2 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision after a jury found him guilty Sept. 29 of third-degree criminal sexual act, a class E felony, said Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka.
Mazelie will be required to register as a Sex Offender for at least 20 years, Czajka added.
A 12-person jury found Mazelie guilty in September of engaging in sexual conduct with a victim less than 17 years old on Dec. 7, 2019. Judge Jonathan Nichols presided over the nine-day trial, while the jury deliberated for about one hour before reaching its verdict.
Mazelie’s arrest followed a police investigation, which led to his Feb. 20, 2020 arrest by Hudson police.
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Ryan Carty, who prosecuted the case, commended the victim for testifying under extremely stressful circumstances. Carty also thanked the Child Advocacy Center, whose counselors were instrumental in obtaining the conviction, he said, and, most importantly, assisting the victim from the day the crime was reported.
“The victim is courageous for not only reporting this incident, but testifying during the trial,” Carty said. “The strength of the victim assists in ensuring that this will not happen again to any other children.”
Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore highlighted the work of the department’s detective unit, as well as Detective Patrick Meister, who investigated the case.
“I also commend our witness’s bravery in coming forward,” Moore said. “Without their cooperation, there wouldn’t be a case.”
Mazelie also faces a witness tampering charge in relation to the case after his arrest while in police custody on that charge Sept. 24. That case is pending in Columbia County Court, Czajka said.
Columbia County Conflict Defender John Leonardson represented Mazelie on the sex charge. County Conflict Defender Dennis McEvoy represents Mazelie on the witness tampering charge.