Former Mass Sex Offender Accused in NY Rape

A New Scotland (NY) man is being held in the Albany County Jail on attempted murder and rape charges. 23-year-old Adam Croote allegedly raped and tried to kill a 10-year-old girl in Berne.

Croote was a longtime family friend of the victim, and was a person the young girls’ parents trusted to watch their child.

In 2005 Croote was designated a Level 2 Sex Offender in Massachusetts after being convicted of a sex offense against a 25-year-old female.

At 17 in Wendell, Mass., he sexually assaulted a woman who worked at a residential school for sexually abusive youths while she was driving him to school from a doctor’s appointment, according to a Worcester Telegram & Gazette report from 2005. He then grabbed the wheel of the van and turned it toward a stone wall, causing a crash, and ran away until a police dog found him.

He has been arrested in New York for failing to register as a sex offender in the past.

In addition to the rape and attempted murder charges, Croote is also charged with 6 felonies, and 2 misdemeanors, including strangulation, forcible touching and criminal obstruction of breathing,

Croote is being held in the Albany County Jail without bail.

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