SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A Schenectady man has been charged with murder after police said he sexually assaulted a child and murdered a child born to one of his alleged victims and disposed of its body.
Herman Robinson, 38, was charged with Murder, Predatory Sexual Assault Agaisnt a Child, Course of Sexual Conduct against a Child, three counts of Rape, Criminal Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
On December 13, 2013, Robinson was initially charged with three Sexual Assault offenses. After further investigation, the murder and additional sexual assault charges were added.
Robinson is accused of engaging in various acts of sexual conduct with a child from the time the child was 11 and continuing until she was eighteen years old. An investigation revealed that Robinson impregnated the girl in June 2009, and she gave birth to a baby in March 2010.
Robinson killed the baby and disposed of its body upon delivery. The victim of the sexual assaults was not a stranger and is now in a safe location.
The District Attorney's Office began investigating the case in December 2013, when they said police were called to Robinson's Lenox Road home. They would not comment on why they were called or how Robinson came into contact with the victim.
“It was a child known to him. It was not a stranger, but I am not going to comment on the specific relationship,” Assistant District Attorney Tracey Brunecz said.
Prosecutors said the sexual assault went on for six years at several different Schenectady homes. Robinson also had a family of his own.
“To my knowledge, Mr. Robinson has four children,” Brunecz said. “Three of which are biological children; one is a step-child.”
Even though the victim was only 11-years-old when the abuse began, prosecutors said she never said a word to her family – not even her mother.
“She was shocked to learn of what went on,” Brunecz continued. “She is helping her daughter.”
Brunecz said the victim may have hid her pregnancy by wearing baggy clothes and not telling anyone.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Rudy Nyddegar said sexual assault cases are not that uncommon.
“There are more unreported than reported cases,” he said.
Nyddegar said if someone is being raped over a period of time there will be signs, even if they are subtle. He said adults should be aware of behavioral changes.
“I don't know if anyone noticed if anything was amiss, but she was in school and hid her pregnancy,” he said.
Brunecz said the victim is safe home with her family and brave.
“This is something she has had to deal with over the course of the last six years or so, but she is handling things very well,” she said. “And I am truly amazed at her strength.”
The arraignment for Robinson on the indictments is scheduled for Monday, March 10 at 9 a.m.