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Port Leyden man pleads innocent to sexual abuse


LOWVILLE — A Port Leyden man was arraigned Friday in Lewis County Court on charges that he sexually abused a young girl over the course of nearly two years.

Frank J. Mann, 52, of 6970 Sullivan Trailer Park Road, pleaded not guilty to charges of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. His case was adjourned to Feb. 1, and he was returned to county jail on $25,000 bail.

Judge Daniel R. King, presiding over his first County Court session, issued a temporary order of protection on behalf of the alleged victim.

Mann was accused of repeated acts of sexual contact against a girl under the age of 13 from January 2010 through September.

Also Friday in Lewis County Court:

Brian G. Aikens, 52, Plattsburgh, was arraigned on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to comply, improper passing, moving from a lane unsafely and two counts of speeding, and pleaded not guilty to all charges. His case was adjourned to Feb. 1, and he was sent back to county jail on $20,000 bail.

Mr. Aikens was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase May 6 along Route 3 in the town of Diana — in the midst of a flight from Plattsburgh that eventually ended with his arrest at a bar in West Carthage — that saw him drive 90 mph in both 30- and 55-mph zones.

Bradley Q. Rogers, 18, of 3912 Shibley Road, Lyons Falls, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree burglary and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for March 22. He was accused of unlawfully entering a building owned by Charles Belinky on May 2 on Penny Settlement Road in the town of Lyonsdale.

Daniel F. Eckelman, 21, of 7469 Railroad St., Lowville, and Tyler K. Lashbrooks, 22, of 5568 Highland Ave., Lowville, both were arraigned on charges of petit larceny and pleaded guilty to the charge. Sentencing was set for March 1 for Mr. Eckelman and March 22 for Mr. Lashbrooks. They were accused of stealing helmets and gasoline cans belonging to Gordon Yancey on Nov. 7 in the town of Martinsburg.

Kurt J. Hazzard, 41, of 6835 Mechanic St., Croghan, had a new trial date set for March 18 in his case of three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and single counts of second-degree rape and first- and third-degree criminal sex act, with a telephone conference to be held Feb. 1. A mistrial was declared in his case in early December after officials were unable to seat a full jury.

He was arrested by state police in early January on accusations that he had sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 17 by forcible compulsion on occasions in August, November and December 2011, all in the town of Croghan, and sexual contact with another underage girl on one occasion. He was arraigned on the charges in County Court in May.

Michael A. Bauer, 32, Poughkeepsie, had his case of fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal sale of a firearm adjourned to Feb. 1. Mr. Bauer was accused of stealing two revolvers from the town of Greig residence of Randolph Bauer.

Nicholas M. Panarese, 27, of 5388 Eugene St., Lowville, had sentencing in his case of third-degree burglary adjourned to Feb. 1. Mr. Panarese was accused of stealing rings belonging to Michele D. Scott on July 9 from a Eugene Street residence.

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