A Niskayuna man is behind bars after being charged with getting an 11-year-old girl pregnant.
33-year-old Robert Cronin is accused of predatory sexual assault in the case. Police say he raped the child in February or March of last year.
In an interview, Cronin didn't deny the baby was his, but did say he never had sex with the girl.
Cronin claimed the girl, with whom he was acquainted, became pregnant after coming in contact with clothing he had used while masturbating.
He's due in Niskayuna Town Court for a preliminary hearing Friday. The girl and the infant are said to be safe and well cared for.
Photo: Niskayuna Police