SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A bench trial is underway in the case of Herman Robinson, who is accused of raping a young girl, impregnating her, and killing the baby after delivering it.
A judge is expected to decide his fate. The case dates back to 2006, when authorities say the 38-year old sexually abused a young girl for more than six years, starting when she was just 11-years-old.
Court papers say Robinson impregnated the victim in 2009 and was able to hide her pregnancy. They say he tried his best to end the pregnancy, but eventually helped deliver the baby before killing her.
He is 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. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life behind bars.
During opening statements, prosecutors explained that they were first alerted to the allegations by Robinson himself. Prosecutors say the victim graduated high school and went onto college, but that sexual abuse didn’t stop. Eventually, authorities tell us, the victim texted Robinson saying she wouldn’t be coming back. They said that in December of 2013, Robinson attempted to kill himself, writing a suicide note detailing the abuse and murder. Responding officers found the note.
The victim is also expected to take the stand. NEWS10 ABC will not identify her or disclose her relationship to Robinson.
“She will tell you then how after the child was born and began crying, Herman Robinson, the father of the child placed his hands over the mouth of the baby and then smashed his head into the floor and how then the baby no longer cried,” said Assistant District Attorney Tracy Brunecz.