Saturday, June 10, 2023

Convicted Attorney Disbarred

The New York Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney.

Buffalo News reported

An attorney from Niagara Falls who faced charges connected to multiple rapes pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to eight felony sex crimes involving three victims, one of whom was 16.

Nicholas D'Angelo, 30, will serve six months in jail and will be sentenced to 10 years of a special type of probation for sex offenders as part of a plea agreement reached with the Erie County District Attorney's Office, details of which attorneys unveiled in court.

He also will be placed on the state's sex offender registry, will surrender his law license – which would have been revoked for seven years upon conviction – and promises not to attempt to get his license back.

Sentencing was scheduled for July 6. He remains released on his own recognizance, while subject to travel restrictions and having already surrendered his passport.
Standing between his defense attorneys in the courtroom, D'Angelo answered questions from the State Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens about his actions in a series of short phrases, including "Yes, judge," and "Yes, your honor."
When  asked about his conduct in relation to each of the victims, D'Angelo replied, "Guilty."

All three victims attended the court proceeding and approved of the plea agreement, Assistant District Attorney Lynette M. Reda said in court.

Jury selection for his trial had been scheduled for May 8.
Defense attorney Jessica Kulpit declined comment after Tuesday's proceeding.

The six months of incarceration is the longest period of jail time possible under state law for people who also get 10 years of sex offender probation, Reda said. 

In late August, Nicholas D'Angelo brought suits accusing three other people of defaming him on Facebook by calling him a rapist or saying he had pleaded guilty to rape.
The sex offender probation is a more strict program than regular probation, according to the District Attorney's Office. Conditions, which are ultimately set by probation officials, include limiting types of employment, internet usage, contact with anyone under 18 – including relatives – and electronic monitoring.
If D'Angelo were to be found guilty of any probation violation, he would potentially face consecutive sentences on all charges, which could lead to a maximum 44-year prison sentence, Reda said.
D'Angelo pleaded guilty before Givens to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, class D felonies, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of third-degree rape, class E felonies.

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