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A town of LeRay man faces 10 years’ probation after admitting Monday in Jefferson County Court that he possessed child pornography on his computer.

Curtis H. Sprague, 36, of 22432 Colonial Manor Road, pleaded guilty to possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child. He admitted that he possessed an image that depicted sexual conduct by a child. Police had executed a warrant at his former residence 119 W. Remington St., Black River, based on information obtained by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

He is due to be sentenced Oct. 18.

In other court activity:

Steven E. Buckingham, 41, whose last known address was 25399 Route 3, Lot 24 , pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He admitted that in May he possessed a check belonging to Felice Moving and Storage, Murrock Circle, knowing that the signature of Rick Felice had been forged on it. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 15 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, with credit for time served. He also will be ordered to pay $496 in restitution.

Judith A. Heise, 41, of 321 High St., pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. She admitted that she gave false information to the Department of Social Services in order to obtain food stamp benefits to which she was not entitled between September 2008 and February 2010. She is expected to be sentenced Oct. 15 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $5,168 in restitution.

Travis U. Miner, 26, of 17120 County Route 53, Lot 16, Dexter, pleaded guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed cocaine Dec. 12 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Sept. 27 to three years’ probation.

James M. Mayhew, 35, Carthage, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to six months in the PSB. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in May for a second-degree criminal contempt conviction. He admitted violating probation by never reporting to his probation officer.

Thomas L. Clinch, 47, of 23953 Route 12, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated May 23 on Route 126 in the town of Rutland while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 18 to three years’ probation, be fined an unspecified amount, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Jacob S. Bohn, 24, of 24708 Route 3, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI. He admitted he drove while intoxicated Oct. 25 on Eastern Boulevard. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 16 to a one-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He also will be fined $1,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

Wendy J. McMahon, 45, Gouverneur, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. She admitted that she drove while intoxicated in November 2011 on Route 11 in the town of LeRay while her driver’s license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. The charge was a felony because she was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in October 2010 in Edwards Town Court. She is due to be sentenced Oct. 29.

Lisandro Torres, 33, of 132 Central St., pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal contempt and admitted violating probation. He admitted to violating an order of protection held by Jessica E. West by punching and kicking her June 3, 2012, and by having physical contact with her during an Oct. 25 domestic dispute. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in February 2012 for a felony criminal contempt conviction, with the victim again being Ms. West. He admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crimes. He was subsequently sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and restored to probation.

Gary S. Dusharm, 43, Watertown, was sentenced to two consecutive one-year terms at the PSB for June 19 guilty pleas to first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, as a result of one incident and second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor, as a result of a second. He admitted violating a City Court order of protection held by Christine S. Sinclair by hitting her in the head with a can of beer Nov. 26 in Watertown. He also admitted violating Ms. Sinclair’s order by having physical contact with her March 10, also in Watertown.

Cortney L. Tanner, 20, whose last known address was 1144 Gill St., was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a July 10 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that, with another person, she tried to sell heroin Dec. 12 within the county.

Selina E. Sochia, 19, whose last known address was 27882 County Route 111, Redwood, was sentenced to time served for July 29 guilty pleas to fourth-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that in July 2012, with a man, she stole more than $1,000 worth of computers from Walmart Supercenter, outer Arsenal Street. She also admitted that on Dec. 27 she took a telephone from an unidentified woman to prevent the woman from calling police. She also was ordered to pay $1,215 in restitution.

Justin C. Sullivan, 28, of 22642 Fralick Road, was sentenced to concurrent three-year terms of probation for July 9 guilty pleas to fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal contempt and third-degree assault as a result of three separate incidents. He also admitted violating probation that day. He admitted that in December, he broke a cellular phone belonging to Tonya L. Gifford during a domestic incident at the couple’s New York Avenue apartment.

He also admitted that on Jan. 20, he violated a City Court “refrain from” order of protection by arguing with Ms. Gifford and subjecting her to unwanted physical contact. He further admitted that on Dec. 6, he caused physical injury to Ms. Gifford during an argument. At the time of the incidents, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in March 2012 for a felony driving while intoxicated conviction. He admitted violating probation by being charged with the new crimes.

Doreen J. Slocum, 26, Alexandria Bay, was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for a June 25 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was accused of selling heroin in late December.

Kevin C. Walcott, 21, Utica, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county on a day in early June and again four days later. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $20,000 bail.

Marcus E. Hood, 27, Evans Mills, was arraigned on counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county in early June. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held at the PSB on $20,000 bail.

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