Convicted Rapist Sentenced To 8 Years In PrisonPosted: Updated:
A former SUNY Potsdam student is going to prison for rape.
Storm Rivera was sentenced Friday in St. Lawrence County court to 8 years behind bars, 10 years post-release supervision.
An order of protection was issued for the victim.
In February, a jury found the 22 year old New York City man guilty of first-degree rape and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.
Rivera was accused of forcibly raping a female student at the Delta Kappa Theta frat house in November 2017.
During sentencing, Assistant District Attorney read a letter from the victim: "“In this period of #MeTo, I never wanted to be put under that label. I never wanted to be pitied or felt sorry for. It would kill me when I would have breakdowns at my job and couldn't help it. Many days I couldn't handle this act of trying to be who I was.”
During his trial, Rivera testified that the sex was consensual.
During Friday's sentencing, Rivera told the court he's innocent and will be vindicated,
“No matter how the odds are stacked against me, I will never give up and this fight is not over and I will maintain my innocence until the very end,” he said.
His words were echoed by his mother, who has been an almost constant presence in Canton since his arrest.
“He's not guilty. He is innocent. He is innocent and he's been saying that from the beginning,” said Nilsa Rivera, mother.
An appeal has been filed.