On August 9th the New York Court of Appeals denied an appeal from a Waterloo man who sexually abused an eight-year-old child in 2011.
In February 2015, Ronald Spoor was convicted in the Seneca County Supreme Court of criminal sexual act in the first degree, a class B felony, and was sentenced by Justice Daniel Doyle to a five-year term of imprisonment.
In his application to the Court of Appeals, Spoor’s attorney argued that his statements to a State Police investigator should have been suppressed by the trial court because he was in custody when he made the statement and he did not receive or waive his Miranda rights.
Spoor was represented on the appeal by Amherst attorney Charles Greenberg. Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch represented the prosecution.
Spoor has now exhausted his direct appeal opportunities in New York, having lost at both the Appellate Division Court in Rochester and the Court of Appeals in Albany.
In 2016, Spoor was convicted in U.S. District Court of production and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
Spoor is currently serving his sentence at Allenwood Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.