“Thirteen Felonies” sounds like a comedic movie title, featuring some fumbling amateur criminal who just can’t seem to keep the law. Unfortunately for one New York girl, a 19-year-old with thirteen felonies and six misdemeanors is out on bail and a threat to her once more.
After being arrested for holding the girl at gunpoint, Zachary Currier was released on bail. He violated orders barring him from contact with the girl and was released on bail after each violation. Finally, he returned to the girl’s house, breaking in and raping her. Again, he was released on bail. Again.
Now, Zachary Currier is walking the streets of New York, with 13 felonies and 6 misdemeanors to his name. His victim — an unnamed girl under the age of 17 — is no doubt sleeping fitfully, knowing that her attacker is still free. And, regardless of how many times he is arrested, he seems to keep coming back for more.
Zachary Currier of Ballston Spa, NY, currently has these felony charges to his name: first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree sexual abuse, and eight counts of first-degree criminal contempt. Currier is also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, third-degree attempted assault, and two counts of second-degree criminal contempt, misdemeanors.
According to prosecutors, Currier’s 13 felony streak started in May 2012 when he allegedly broke into the girl’s Saratoga Springs home. Currier pointed a gun to her head and demanded that she leave with him. He was interrupted when another resident walked in on the attempted kidnapping. He later turned himself in to police hours later.
He was released on bail.
Saratoga Springs police said that Currier consistently disobeyed orders to leave the girl alone. He continued to have contact with her, both in person and via text message. Each time, he was released on bail. Each time, he allegedly returned to harass his victim.
On July 16, according to prosecutors, Currier broke into the victim’s home. He assaulted and raped her. He was arrested and bail was posted at $30,000.
He paid cash and was released.
While prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke his bail, a hearing date has not been scheduled. Currier is a free man, walking around with his 13 felonies in his back pocket like trophies, with nothing standing between him and his victim except a hypothetical court date that could potentially send him to jail.
If convicted for the most serious charge on his list — first-degree rape — Currier faces up to 25 years in prison.
That is, if he doesn’t get released on bail again.
Should a criminal — a violent one, at that — be allowed to post bail on so many occasions?
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