Sexual assault sentencing delayed after victim shows up in court

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The sentencing of a Rockland County environmentalist and famous long-distance swimmer, who admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl, has been adjourned until next week.

David “Skip” Storch, 60, was scheduled to be sentenced in Rockland County Court today after pleading guilty in February to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old between June of 2008 and December 2011.

However, the victim in the case surprised the judge today by showing up and asking to make a statement before Storch was sentenced. The judge adjourned the sentencing after citing that the court must be notified a week prior if the victim wants to make an impact statement.

Storch is known for creating pollution awareness in the Hudson River by swimming around the island of Manhattan three times in 2007. He was also a former Spring Valley recreational director who worked with children.

The Nanuet man faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to felony counts of sexual assault against a child and sexual misconduct. He's expected to be sentenced on Monday, August 13.

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