Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On March 9, 2020, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at SP Latham, with the assistance of the Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, arrested 36-year-old Sean W. Eckrote of Granville. Eckrote was charged with Attempted Rape 1st degree (B felony), Attempted Criminal Sex Act 1st degree (B felony), and Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child (E felony).
Eckrote is accused of traveling to location in the Town of Colonie to engage in sexual intercourse with what he believed to be a female under the age of 13, but was in fact, a state police investigator. Upon arriving at the location to meet the girl, Eckrote was instead met by State Police and taken into custody. He was also found to be in possession of child pornography, which was located on his cellphone.
Eckrote was arraigned in Colonie Town Court and remanded to Albany County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on a later date.