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Repeat sexual predator faces life for assaulting child

MONTICELLO – A Fallsburg man could face from 10 years to life in state prison after being found guilty in Sullivan County Court on predatory sexual assault charges.

Noel Russell, 39, of South Fallsburg, was convicted of two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, and another related sexual offense, all as felonies.  He was found guilty of engaging in a course of sexual conduct with an 11-year-old girl over a six-month period from September 2010 through March 2011 and engaged in a criminal sexual act with the same child in July 2010.

Sullivan County District Attorney Jim Farrell said Russell was charged with predatory sexual assault because he had a prior rape conviction in 2005 that served as a basis to enhance the penalties he faced as a repeat sex offender.

“Chief ADA Robert Zangla and the members of the team worked very hard on this case to obtain justice for this courageous young girl and the jury’s verdict will ensure that a predatory repeat sexual offender will be removed from the community for an extended period of time,” said Farrell.

Russell will be sentenced next month  He faces from 10 years to life up to 25 years to life for each predatory charge and faces a maximum aggregate of 50 years in prison when sentenced next month.