BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man was sentenced Tuesday morning in Saratoga County Court for sexually abusing two children for five years.
Arthur Gannon was found guilty in July on all 10 charges brought against him. Judge James Murphy sentenced him to 69 years to life saying Gannon subjected the victims to “unspeakable acts” of abuse.
The prosecution rehashed details of the abuse Gannon inflicted on two children for five years saying it started when the children were 9 and 10 years old and continued until they were 14 and 15.
Assistant District Attorney Michele Schettino says Gannon groomed them to believe the restraints he used on them and the sexual abuse he inflicted was a game.
“Their heads were at times completely covered with duct tape like a mummy’s head with only a breathing hole left for their nose,” Schettino said. “Acts of bondage with duct tape with rope with handkerchiefs with handcuffs.”
Saying he even photographed and videotaped the crimes.
The current legal guardian of the children read victim impact statements in court on their behalf. The victims outlined what they had gone through and how it affects them now.
Gannon also spoke, even though his attorney advised him not to, claiming his innocence.
“I used to think of Arthur Gannon as a father and I did care for him. Now I do not care for him at all and in fact, I hate him,” The victim impact statement read.
“I still believe in the appeals process and I believe that one day contrary to any hurt it may cause anybody, I shall have my day in court and the truth will come out,” Gannon said.
Many details of the abuse are just too disturbing to share.
The judge said Gannon showed no remorse and should not be a part of society.
Schettino says Gannon used a previous conviction of child sexual abuse studied what he did wrong and became the perfect offender. She hopes the harsh sentence, plus a lifelong order of protection for the two children, will provide some peace for them.
Both Schettino and the Judge Murphy praised the two children for their bravery in coming forward about the abuse and helping put Gannon behind bars.