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Carthage man gets nine years in prison for abusing girl

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A Carthage man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to nine years in state prison for sexually abusing a child.

Corey R. Passage, 22, was also ordered to undergo an additional seven years of supervision upon his release from prison after a March 25 guilty plea to first-degree criminal sex act. He had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in July of having repeated sexual contact with a then-8-year-old girl in 2008 in Carthage.

In other court activity Monday:

Heather L. Chamberlain, 35, whose last known address was 905 Academy St., was sentenced to nine months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served, for a March 15 guilty plea to third-degree assault and an admission that she violated probation. She had been charged Dec. 21 with hitting Brian R. Swank on the head with a liquor bottle during a domestic dispute. At the time, she was serving five years’ probation imposed in 2011 for a first-degree criminal contempt conviction.

Nestor Santos, 31, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted criminal sale of marijuana and first-degree attempted promoting prison contraband. He admitted he had and sold marijuana while incarcerated at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility in November 2011. He is serving a 15-year sentence imposed in 2002 in New York City for first-degree manslaughter and first-degree gang assault convictions. He is expected to be sentenced July 9 to an additional 1 to three years in prison.

Robert B. Gordon, 35, of 17985 First St., Adams Center, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated driving while intoxicated. He admitted he drove while intoxicated in September on East Church Street in Adams with an 8-year-old girl as a passenger. He is expected to be sentenced July 9 to five years’ probation.

Jared B. Kenyon, 27, of 18155 Route 177, Adams Center, pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor DWI and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without a license Jan. 19 after being involved in a one-vehicle accident Jan. 19 on Route 11 in the town of Ellisburg. Sentencing was set for July 9.

Lorie A. Medina, 34, of 418 W. Mullin St., pleaded guilty to petit larceny. She admitted she stole money from Irene Futcher between January 2010 and August 2011. She is due to be sentenced July 9, at which time she will be ordered to pay $30,874 in restitution.

In court activity Tuesday:

Ashley N. Perlmutter, 24, of 11 Beaverdam Brook Drive, Williamstown, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and third-degree identity theft. She admitted that on Dec. 21 she stole property from Target on Route 3 by acquiring the property while assuming a name other than her own. She subsequently was sentenced to time served at the PSB.

She and Nathan L. Howard, 25, same address, also face federal charges that they made phony credit cards using information swiped from customers at a Colorado restaurant and used the cards to go on a cross-country spending spree that ended with their arrests in Watertown. Federal authorities have seized Ms. Perlmutter’s Williamstown home, claiming she purchased it in November for $50,000 using proceeds from the alleged credit card scam.

Jordan T. Turner, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance as a result of one incident and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of a second incident. He also admitted violating probation by committing the new crimes.

He admitted he tried to sell cocaine Nov. 7 in the county. He also admitted that on Nov. 27 he damaged property belonging to his girlfriend, Alisha M. Kiblin, at a residence they shared at 73 Public Square, Apt. 1. At the time, he was serving a five-year term of probation imposed in October 2011 for fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He is expected to be sentenced as a second-felony offender to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Leonard J. Ballenger, 39, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to a year in the PSB, with credit for time served. He was serving a five-year term of probation imposed in June 2011 for first-degree criminal contempt. He admitted violating probation by failing to comply with substance abuse treatment recommendations and by continuing to use illegal substances while under supervision.

Cheyenne G. Bedore, 23, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to 1 years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz mandated he serve his sentenced in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. If inmates complete the 90-day program, they serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in August 2011 after a fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction. He admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment and continuing to use illegal substances.

Theodore G. Smith Jr., 25, Watertown, admitted violating probation by failing to follow through with substance abuse treatment recommendations and continuing to consume alcohol while under supervision. Sentencing was deferred until he completes an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. He was serving five years’ probation imposed in November 2011 for a third-degree burglary conviction.

Robert J. Taylor Jr., 30, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and admitted violating probation by committing the new crime. He admitted that on March 25 he possessed a loaded unregistered handgun, which he was forbidden to have because he had been previously convicted of a crime. At the time, he was serving three years’ probation imposed in August 2011 for a third-degree assault conviction. He is expected to be resentenced July 26 to a new term of five years’ probation.

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