Former athletic trainer pleads guilty to rape

Austin J. Pratt

ROCHESTER – A Conesus man and former athletic trainer at Geneseo Central Schools pleaded guilty to state and federal charges earlier this week in connection with his relationship with a teenage girl in late 2018 and early 2019.

Austin Pratt, 32, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to enticement of a minor before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

On Thursday, he pleaded guilty in Livingston County Court to one count of third-degree rape, confirmed Livingston County First Assistant District Attorney Vic Rowcliffe.

Pratt was employed by F.F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua, and contracted out as an athletic trainer to the Geneseo school district, police previously told the County News.

The hospital fired Pratt in January 2019 after he was arrested.

State Police started investigating Pratt in January 2019 after the parents of a 15-year-old girl he’d treated as an athletic trainer found a large number of text messages from Pratt on their daughter’s phone.

During an interview with State Police, Pratt’s victim told investigators that in November 2018, Pratt began texting her. Simple texts regarding an injury Pratt’s victim suffered led to nude photographs being exchanged between the two.

Pratt also raped his victim and engaged in other sexual contact with her during the course of their relationship, State Police said.

Pratt’s plea in federal court Wednesday resolves all the federal charges against him. In addition to enticement of a minor, he had been charged with production, receipt and possession of child pornography and transfer of obscene matter to a minor.

And his plea in Livingston County Court Thursday resolves all of his local charges, Rowcliffe said. Pratt had faced two counts of third-degree rape, one count of criminal sex act in the third degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

Pratt is scheduled to be sentenced on his federal enticing a minor conviction on Jan. 11, 2021. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing on his state conviction is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2021 pending the completion of a pre-sentence report by the county’s probation department, said Rowcliffe.

“The sentence promise is two years with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and eight years post release supervision, a complete stay away order of protection, and mandatory sex offender registration,” said Rowcliffe.

Pratt’s sentence for his rape conviction will run concurrently, or at the same time, as his sentence for his federal enticement of a minor conviction, said Rowcliffe.

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