Cold Spring Businessman Pleads Guilty to Attempted Rape
A Cold Spring businessman will be calling the New York State Department of Corrections home for the next three and one-half years after copping a guilty plea in Westchester County Court Tuesday afternoon to attempted rape.
Robert Viggiano, 49, of Fishkill, had faced a maximum 15-year state prison term if found guilty had he not accepted a plea deal offered by Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
Ironically, two Robert Viggianos are businessmen in Cold Spring.
Robert Viggiano, proprietor of the Viggiano Plumbing and Heating Company, became a victim of mistaken identity when the arrest was first reported last year. Robert Viggiano, the convicted felon, owns Energy Services of New York. The Viggianos are not related in any way.
Viggiano pleaded guilty for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 10-year old girl.
According to the prosecution, Viggiano contacted a prostitute, who notified authorities, and an undercover investigation got underway.
DiFiore said during the next few weeks, Viggiano had several conversations with an undercover officer posing as the mother of a 10-year-old concerning arrangements and price: “They agreed on the transaction for $400 that was to have occurred at the woman’s apartment in Yonkers. The undercover cop made one request that Viggiano bring candy for the child.”
Last Feb. 11 when Viggiano arrived at the address with $400 in cash along with a lollipop and Starburst candy in his pocket, thinking he was going to have his sexual tryst with the child, he was arrested.
Viggiano, who is to be sentenced in March, remains held at the Westchester County Jail without bail.