SYRACUSE, NY - Former Onondaga Music Teacher Albert Scerbo was found guilty today for one felony count of first degree sexual abuse and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. Families of the victims and Scerbo convened at the Onondaga County Court for the verdict early Thursday morning.
Judge William Walsh also found Scerbo not guilty of one count Sexual Conduct against a child in the second degree and one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. Originally Scerbo was charged with 35 counts of endangering the welfare of 17 children, but since his first trial began in 2007 many of his charges were dismissed.
The verdict was emotional for the families. One Onondaga Nation parent said “It’s been tough on my daughter. She went through a period when she wasn’t eating.”
Sentencing is scheduled for August 12th at the New York Court of Appeals. Albert Scerbo could face up to seven years in prison.