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Schwabrow getting a jump on jail time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - Updated: 11:11 PM

By ALISSA SCOTT

For the C-S-E

Convicted rapist and former Johnstown police officer Adam Schwabrow has already spent a month in jail -- getting a "head start" before his May sentencing.

To avoid potential conflict with Fulton County inmates he helped put behind bars, Schwabrow is serving his jail time in Warren County.

Schwabrow decided to start on his time served early beginning in late March, before the May 13 sentencing.

His first stint will run from March 17 to May 17, Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said.

"We wanted to keep him away from here because people in the [Fulton County] jail are incarcerated because of arrests Mr. Schwabrow made during his time in Johnstown," Lorey said. "We didn't want to have any issues arise over that."

Lorey had to get permission from the state Commission of Corrections to send Schwabrow to Warren County Jail in Lake George -- what he called a "substitute jail" -- instead of the Fulton County Jail.

Lorey will have to keep reapplying for Schwabrow's stay there, but said he intends to.

On March 4, Schwabrow, 32, of 301 S. Perry St., Johnstown, pleaded guilty to statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl in 2011.

He is expected to spend a year in jail and was required to register as a sex offender as part of a plea agreement, according to the Saratoga County district attorney's office, which prosecuted the case.

Lorey worked to place Schwabrow in Warren County Jail to "prevent anything that might happen" as a result of the nine years he served at the Johnstown Police Department.

He said Schwabrow wanted to begin his time early so he could finish sooner.

"The earlier you go in, the earlier you get out," Lorey said.

Schwabrow was free on $5,000 cash bail. He pleaded guilty before acting Fulton County Court Judge Peter Feldstein. He then resigned as a police officer.

Schwabrow was charged Sept. 19 by the JPD with third-degree rape. He could have faced one and a third to four years in state prison but accepted a plea agreement.

No force was ever alleged in the case, and he was not on duty at the time of the crime.

Schwabrow had also served as director of the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office. He was replaced by Jeffery Smith after the arrest.

Married with children, Schwabrow had been a K-9 officer for about nine years and was at one time the town of Mohawk's fire chief.

Schwabrow had been ordered to surrender his firearms, including his duty revolver and other personal firearms, to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department Sept. 19, when he was arrested.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 13 at 10 a.m. In addition to jail time, he will be responsible for additional fines and surcharges, according to the DA's office.

Defense attorney Michael McDermott of Albany could not be reached for comment.

     

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