JOHNSTOWN - After expressing remorse for having sex with an underage girl, former city police officer Adam Schwabrow was sentenced this morning in Fulton County Court to a year in jail.
"I apologize," the 32-year-old Schwabrow stated. "I was the adult in the situation. Quite frankly, I'm disgusted with myself."
Acting Fulton County Court Judge Peter Feldstein sentenced the defendant based on his March 4 guilty plea to one felony third-degree rape count.
Former Johnstown police officer Adam Schwabrow, standing, is shown during his sentencing Tuesday in Fulton County Court on a felony rape charge. Seated to his right is his defense attorney Michael McDermott.
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The victim was not in the courtroom, but several family members of Schwabrow attended the proceeding.
Schwabrow was convicted of having consensual sex with a 16-year-old girl in May 2011 in Johnstown when he was a police officer. He will be considered by the state as a sex offender.
Appearing in civilian clothes, Schwabrow already has been incarcerated in the Warren County Jail in Lake George. After giving his guilty plea in March, he asked to begin to serve his time. Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey received permission from the state Commission of Correction to send Schwabrow to the Warren County Jail as a "substitute jail" instead of the Fulton County Jail for safety reasons.
Schwabrow was charged Sept. 19 by the Johnstown Police Department with third-degree rape, commonly known as statutory rape. He could have faced 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for the charge.
Feldstein several times referred to Schwabrow as a "good person" who was better served by spending less time in jail.
"I do believe a period of a state incarceration would not be necessary or appropriate under these circumstance," the judge said.
Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Buckley, the special prosecutor in the case, said Schwabrow not only had sex with an underage girl "several times," but violated the trust his community has in a police officer.
More on this story will appear in Wednesday's print and online editions.