Sexual predator acts out at his sentencing

Jessica Pierce

David Tuszynski wasn’t going to prison without protest.

The 40-year-old former Victor resident swore at Judge Thomas Van Strydonck, the prosecutor, witnesses, guards and even his own attorney at his sentencing in Ontario County Court this morning on 105 counts of rape and sexual abuse.

Tuszynski at first refused to leave his cell at the Ontario County Jail to attend the sentencing, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Taylor. Once inside the courtroom, he declined to speak to his attorney, Felix Lapine.

Once one of his victims, a young teenaged girl, began to speak, telling Tuszynski of the pain he had caused her, he yelled out, “Stop lying! Stop lying!”

The judge told Tuszynski to settle down or else he would be removed from the courtroom.

Tuszynski replied, “Remove me, I didn’t even want to come here!”

As he left the courtroom for an adjacent holding room, the handcuffed Tuszynski shouted, “I don’t want to listen to this, I ain’t gonna listen to this (expletive).”

Van Strydonck then ordered him back into the courtroom to hear his sentence: seven to 21 years in state prison. While the judge read aloud each of the 105 counts, Tuszynski often yelled out, “Life!” and at times he yelled at the young girl, seated across the room with her mother, “Just tell the truth!”

Van Strydonck told Tuszynski he would speak to him about the sentence, but “I don’t think it would do any good.” The judge called him a “pedophile” and ordered him removed from the courtroom.The judge in December convicted Tuszynski  of rape and sexual abuse for molesting the two girls, both under 16, on numerous occasions in Victor and Canandaigua from July 2006 to last February.

Specifically, he was found guilty of multiple counts of second-degree rape and committing a second-degree criminal sexual act, formerly called sodomy. He was also convicted of endangering the welfare of a child.

He faced a maximum sentence of 2 1⁄3 to seven years in state prison for the most serious rape charges, though sentencing limitations prohibited the judge from locking him up for more than 25 years.

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