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Port Leyden man pleads guilty to predatory sexual abuse


LOWVILLE — A Port Leyden man admitted Friday in Lewis County Court to sexually abusing a young girl over the course of nearly two years.

Frank J. Mann, 52, of 6970 Sullivan Trailer Park Road, pleaded guilty to charges of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Sentencing was set for March 8.

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

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Travis L. Schermerhorn, 24, of 9403 Artz Road, Castorland, was sentenced to three years’ probation, $525 restitution, a $100 fine and $250 in court fees on a charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief, to which he pleaded guilty Dec. 7. Judge Daniel R. King also issued a five-year order of protection on the victim’s behalf.

Mr. Schermerhorn was accused of, on Sept. 26 in the town of New Bremen, smashing a windshield and window in one car and slashing the tires on another and throwing a television set, all of which belonged to Peggy Hosmer.

Michael A. Bauer, 32, Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, also satisfying charges of fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal sale of a firearm. Sentencing was set for April 19.

Mr. Bauer was accused of stealing two revolvers from the town of Greig residence of Randolph Bauer.

Samantha Hoffert, 23, of 1992 East Road, Boonville, was arraigned on charges of second-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment and pleaded guilty to the charges. Sentencing was set for March 8.

Ms. Hoffert was accused of, on Nov. 8, entering the home of Katelyn Ward on Route 12 in the town of Leyden and punching Ms. Ward.

Daniel W. Leach, 50, of 617 Kirk Road, West Leyden, was arraigned on a charge of disorderly conduct and pleaded guilty. He then was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and $900 in restitution, which he paid.

Mr. Leach was accused of shooting a heifer belonging to Thomas Christiano on Nov. 22 in the town of Lewis.

Nicholas M. Panarese, 27, of 5388 Eugene St., Lowville, had sentencing in his case of third-degree burglary adjourned to Feb. 14. He pleaded guilty Sept. 14. Mr. Panarese was accused of stealing rings belonging to Michele D. Scott on July 9 from a Eugene Street residence.

Brian G. Aikens, 52, Plattsburgh, had his case 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 adjourned to March 8.

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.

David A. Baxter, 44, of 5076 Crofoot Hill Road, Constableville, had his case of felony driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest adjourned to Friday.

He was accused of drunken driving and possessing hydrocodone Aug. 8 on Laura Street in Lyons Falls.

Acting County Judge Donald E. Todd also handled some cases Friday:

James A. Loucks, 56, of 6643 Route 12, Lowville, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree criminal contempt, amended from aggravated criminal contempt. Sentencing was set for March 15. Mr. Loucks was accused of violating orders of protection in early September by calling Rachel Loucks and sending letters to his children.

Billie J. Wilmot, 35, of 9624 Main St., had his case of first-degree criminal sex act, two counts apiece of third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and five counts of third-degree criminal sex act adjourned to Feb. 20, with a possible trial date set for April 15.

Mr. Wilmot was accused of having improper sexual relations with two girls under the age of 17, one from September 2010 to December 2011 and the other from February to April.

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