30-year old William Lewis of Cato was sentenced Thursday to 57 years to life after being found guilty last month by a Cayuga County jury of sexually abusing three young girls.
Lewis repeatedly molested the girls in Pulaski and in their mother’s home in the Town of Victory between November 2014 and March 2017.
In a statement, DA Jon Budelmann praised the girls for testifying during the jury trial that Lewis molested them repeatedly. “I commend these children for their bravery in confronting their abuser and ADA Heather De Stefano for her hard work in securing this defendant’s conviction at trial. The case was very difficult for all involved, heartbreaking.
“Having the defendant try to blame these three young victims for his own despicable acts is plain evil. This defendant demonstrated no concern for these children and displayed absolutely no empathy, either during the trial or at sentencing. His conviction should send a loud and clear message that those who sexually abuse children will be held accountable for their actions. We were pleased that the Court agreed with our assessment that stealing the childhood from three innocents deserved the maximum sentence.”