NY TROOPERS: Man In Child Rape Sting Fled Down River In Boat

This investigation began as a result of a drug overdose in the Town of Amherst. The Amherst Police Department enlisted the assistance of NYSP-CNET to assist with this multi-jurisdictional investigation.

Rotterdam, NEW YORK — A man who thought he was meeting a teenager for sex at a park fled in his boat when he saw police, according to the New York State Police:

On September 22, 2021, the New York State Police Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Troop G Major Crimes Unit, and SP Princetown BCI arrested 48-year-old Paul E. Gallione of Voorheesville, for Attempted Rape 2nd degree and Attempted Criminal Sex Act 2nd degree. Both charges are class E felonies.

Gallione is accused of engaging in sexual communication over social media with a State Police investigator he believed to be a 14-year-old female. Gallione arranged to meet the 14-year-old at the Gateway Landing Park in Rotterdam for the purpose of having sexual intercourse.

Gallione arrived at the meeting in a small personally owned boat and fled down the Mohawk River in the watercraft when he was approached by investigators. He was taken into custody when he attempted to remove his boat from the water at a boat launch near Freeman’s Bridge in Glenville.

Gallione was processed at SP Princetown released on an appearance ticket for Rotterdam Town Court on October 4, 2021.

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