Man who sexually assaulted, tried to kidnap girl in Utica sentenced to prison

37-year-old Raoul Baldwin of Syracuse (Photo provided by the Oneida County Sheriff's Office)

A Syracuse man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in Utica and trying to kidnap her.

Posted: Oct. 18, 2018 2:51 PM
Updated: Oct. 18, 2018 2:57 PM

A Syracuse man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in Utica and trying to kidnap her, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Deputy Michael Purdy.

Back in March, 38-year-old Raoul Baldwin was arrested following the reported sexual assault and attempted kidnapping of an eight-year-old girl in Utica. Police said Baldwin was familiar with the victim’s family, and he was at their home in Utica when the assault occurred.

Baldwin was indicted on “many charges,” according to authorities, and in August he pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act.

At the time of his arrest, Baldwin was on parole for a 2010 conviction of second-degree attempted kidnapping. Baldwin admitted that he had lured an 11-year-old girl into his home and then held her in his basement against her will until other children came looking for her. He was released from prison in Dec. 2017.

In Oneida County Court on Wednesday, Baldwin was sentenced as a Second Violent Felony Offender to 20 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision.

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