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GUILTY: Felicano found guilty on all charges

GUILTY: Felicano found guilty on all charges

Loudly, boldly and emphatically, the jury foreman rang the bells of justice for a young woman who was subjected to six years of rape and abuse.

“Guilty,” he pronounced, repeating it five additional times, one for each felony count facing Steven Feliciano of Manchester, who silently hung his head.

Feliciano, 56 — charged with six counts, including predicate felony offender and rape — was deemed guilty of predatory sexual assault of a child, first-degree rape of a minor and other felony sexual-offense charges.

During the trial, a woman now in her 20s testified about the rape and abuse she was subjected to by Feliciano when she was 11 years old and which lasted until she left home for college. The three-sport high school athlete and honor roll student paved the way to freeing herself from her abuser through her mental toughness and academic perseverance.

The jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before collectively coming to the decision.

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It was a long day of testimony in the trial of Steven Feliciano, 56, who sits charged with predatory sexual assault, rape and other charges.

On Tuesday in court the alleged victim, a family member, testified that Feliciano’s abuse started when she was in 6th grade and and lasted through her high school graduation.

“The victim is now in college, an honor student. Don’t you think they would rather be anywhere else other than here testifying?” stated Ontario County First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride in his opening statements.

“Times are changing,” stated Feliciano’s defense attorney, Marcia Clark Tetamore, in in her opening remarks, in which she referred to the #metoo movement. “The problem is there are only two people in the room that know the real story.”

According to the victim’s testimony, in November of 2017 family members were informed of the assaults while Feliciano was serving a six-month sentence for a separate criminal matter. Family discovered that the alleged rapes were going on repeatedly throughout her middle school and high school years, according to testimony.

Visiting home from college, the victim decided to tell family.

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