Christopher M. Tulip – Guilty of Multi-Victim Child Molestation – Fiancee doesn’t mind

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

The sentencing of a man for sexually abusing a girl more than a decade ago became even more intense Friday when the judge revealed that the victim’s older sister and brother also had been abused by the same perpetrator.

Christopher M. Tulip, 33, of Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to 9x to 14 years in prison for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

The only victim mentioned in the indictment, now 20, did not come forward until last July. Tulip cannot be prosecuted in the siblings’ cases because the statute of limitations in effect at the time of the alleged acts has expired, Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said.

The girl was abused between the ages of 3 and 14; Tulip pleaded guilty to acts that occurred in 1997 and 1999.

“By the time I was 6, I had more sexual experience than my [current] friends in their 20s,” the woman said in court. “I can’t forget what Chris’ body smelled and felt like. . . . It was always the same: a mixture of smoke and alcohol.”

Tulip blamed substance abuse for his actions.

“If I had never picked up that first joint or first beer, it would have been different,” he said.

Sperrazza disagreed, asking, “Do you know how many people stand before the court with substance abuse problems worse than yours and never touch children? Just about everybody but you.”

That’s when the judge read aloud letters she received from the victim’s siblings, which revealed their abuse by Tulip. The sister wrote that she was abused between ages 9 and 11, and the brother said he was a victim between ages 7 and 12.

Sperrazza called Tulip “diabolical and extremely dangerous. The fact that he has a fiancee with a 12-year-old child and she accepts that is mind-boggling.”

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