Greenfield man sentenced to 7 to 8 years in prison on sexual abuse charges

  • Leonid Khotin, 36, stands next to attorney Paul Rudof in Franklin County Superior Court on Monday. Khotin changed his plea regarding child sexual abuse charges and will serve seven to eight years in prison. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 11/23/2021 3:14:13 PM

GREENFIELD — A 36-year-old Greenfield man will serve seven to eight years behind bars, followed by five years’ probation, after pleading guilty on Monday afternoon to child sexual abuse charges.

Leonid Khotin appeared before Judge Francis Flannery in Franklin County Superior Court to change his pleas and be taken into custody. He was sentenced to not less than seven years and not more than eight years for one count of rape and abuse of a child; not less than two years and not more than three years each for three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14; and probation for a fourth charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. His sentences will run concurrently at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution-Cedar Junction, a maximum security prison in Walpole. Khotin will be required to undergo sex offender therapy while incarcerated and then register as a sex offender when he is released.

Three additional charges against Khotin were dropped. Additionally, the charge of rape and abuse of a child was amended from aggravated rape and abuse of a child.

His sentences were the result of a joint recommendation between Assistant District Attorney Frederic Bartmon, who prosecuted the case for the state, and defense attorney Paul Rudof.

Bartmon told Flannery that between January 2015 and October 2019 the defendant repeatedly sexually abused two girls known to him. Khotin verified Bartmon’s statements. Rudof had no comment for the Greenfield Recorder, but told Flannery that Khotin’s presence in the courtroom and plea demonstrate his commitment to taking responsibility for his actions. He said his client had moved from the town where the victims live to accommodate his conditions of release.

“It’s really not often that we see this,” Rudof said.

Bartmon noted the two young victims, who he has spoken with, have been courageous during this legal process. This was especially true for the older of the two.

“Frankly,” Bartmon said, “her bravery caught me off guard.”

Reach Domenic Poli at dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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