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Watertown men sentenced to prison for sex with minors


A Watertown man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison for twice having sexual intercourse with underage girls.

Robert L. Taplin, 21, was sentenced as a second felony offender to 1 to 3 years in prison for Jan. 22 guilty pleas to two counts of third-degree rape and an admission that he violated probation by committing a new crime. He admitted that in August 2010 he engaged in sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 15 in Watertown and that on Oct. 24 he had sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 17, again in Watertown.

At the time of the second incident, he was serving a five-year term of probation imposed in May for a third-degree attempted burglary conviction.

In other court activity:

Lee M. Adkins, 22, Watertown, was sentenced to concurrent one-year terms in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building for Jan. 15 guilty pleas to third-degree assault and second-degree attempted assault. He admitted that he struck Gregory G. Gleason, Watertown, in the face with his fist during a Sept. 20 altercation at Fat Boy’s tavern, 743 Huntington St. Police said Mr. Gleason suffered bleeding, bruising and swelling to his face. Mr. Adkins also admitted that he attempted to injure Lt. Richard C. Wood, who tried to break up the fight, by striking him. Lt. Wood suffered a sprain of his left knee in the scuffle, police said.

James F. Weaver, 37, Irondequoit, Monroe County, was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $2,500 for a Nov. 27 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated July 6 on Route 12 in the town of Clayton after previously having been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in Irondequoit Town Court. He also was sentenced to five days in the PSB, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to Monroe County.

Linda M. Clyde-Jones, 49, Theresa, was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $1,400 in restitution in the form of a civil judgment for a Jan. 2 guilty plea to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny. She admitted that between Dec. 10 and 12, she tried to steal more than $3,000 worth of jewelry from Sheila Yates in the town of Antwerp.

Jannell L. Labrake, 33, formerly of Carthage, now of Franklin County, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and three years’ probation for a March 23 guilty plea to second-degree falsifying business records. She was accused in January 2012 of canceling records of sales transactions to cover up the theft of small amounts of money at her employer, the Nice N Easy on Bridge Street in Carthage. She also was ordered to pay $200 in restitution. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Franklin County.

Ronald R. Kahn, 41, Black River, pleaded guilty to attempted failure to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. He also was fined $300. He was charged in January with failure to update his file with the state’s sexual offender registry. He is a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest of three categories, having been convicted of third-degree rape, involving a 15-year-old girl, in May 2000 in County Court.

Mark S. Remington, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He was charged in December with moving back in with Laurena E. Chapin, who held an order of protection against him. He is expected to be sentenced June 10 to nine months’ time served at the PSB.

Willie R. Fowler, 36, Watertown, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in November with selling cocaine twice on the same day in late August. Sentencing was set for April 19.

Michael T. Smith, 35, Watertown, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and is due to be sentenced April 17. Further information was not available from the court.

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