Erick J. Meir, still claiming his innocence, will begin serving two 25-to-life concurrent sentences for predatory sexual assault against a child and predatory sexual assault. The judge Wednesday said he wanted to hand down a tougher sentence.
“Based on everything I have read, everything I have heard and everything I have seen in this courtroom, if I could give you more than the maximum I would,” Justice Russell P. Buscaglia told Meir.
Buscaglia presided over Meir’s trial in State Supreme Court in August, when Meir’s victim, a boy who was 3 years old when he was orally sodomized and who is now 5 years old, testified about what happened to him.
Meir, 37, had access to the child while living in a house in Buffalo with some of the boy’s relatives. He denied ever touching the child, and said that people asked him to babysit the boy even though he didn’t want to.