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CANTON — A Potsdam man has been ordered to serve 11 years in state prison for the repeated rape of a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint.

Gregory E. Brown Jr., 27, of 509 Raquette Road, was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court for third-degree rape and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon convictions.

Brown had sexual contact with the girl, then 15, from August to October 2011. According to the indictment, those encounters included “forcible compulsion” during which he displayed a gun.

St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards made a commitment to Brown at the time of his guilty plea that he would face a total of nine years in prison, determinate, on both charges, if he complied with the rules of the jail while he was awaiting sentencing.

On Sept. 13, Brown was arrested for felony second-degree assault after he struck another inmate in the face.

Judge Richards said he was no longer bound by his commitment and sentenced Brown to the two additional years.

In addition to his prison sentence, Brown was also ordered to pay $3,296.05 in restitution and $1,025 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Brown, who was charged by police with three counts of third-degree rape, suggested in his written statement to police that he was seduced by an acquaintances’s daughter, who then used their first encounter as bait against him, leading to two more sexual encounters between the 26-year-old man and his then girlfriend’s daughter.

Detailing how the woman and her daughter came into his life, Brown told police he had met the girl’s mother on Tag.com, an online dating site.

“(She) had asked me if I was single, I said, yeah, and she said she would be interested in a relationship and I was like I don’t just jump into a relationship and she was like you can just stay with me and we can get to know each other,” he said in his statement to police.

After agreeing to that arrangement, Brown said he moved to the woman’s apartment in Potsdam from Hinesville, Ga.

“For the first week, I slept in the bed with (her), but then her bed started making me itch, so I went and slept on the couch,” he said. “After about a week she wanted to be intimate with me, but I didn’t want to rush it.”

While all of this was going on, Brown said the woman’s 15-year-old daughter began flirting with him.

“When I would be walking outside and stuff, she would be whistling at me with her group of girls, suggesting that she was looking at me like that nature of physical attraction,” he said.

Mr. Brown said their first encounter happened late one night as he was sitting downstairs on the couch.

“She came downstairs and she came in sat in the living room right next to me on the couch then she started showing me her boyfriends on her phone and their packages (genitals) then after that we just started talking and one thing led to another and she said you can’t tell my mom or anyone else.”

A short time later the victim moved in with her grandparents, and Brown said he did not see her or talk to her for three weeks until she returned to the apartment to visit her mother.

However, the next time he saw her, they did have sex again, although Mr. Brown said it was against his wishes.

“I got home at about 2:30 in the morning and (she) was waiting up and she said you remember what happened the first time and I said yeah and she said well it was good and I want some more of it,” he recalled. “I said no, but she said that if I didn’t that she would tell her probation officer the next time she saw her that we had sex. So it’s not like I had a choice the second or third time,” he said.

“I didn’t feel comfortable being in that situation again feeling like I had to,” he said, adding that after the third time he began making an effort to avoid her, although he continued living with the girl’s mother.

“I was trying to avoid (her) as much as possible because I knew that this was going to come up and get out that I had already committed the act and she had the power,” he said.

In addition to the three counts of third-degree rape, Mr. Brown was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Police said that charge stemmed from his alleged possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun that had been reported stolen from the state of Georgia.

In other county court action this week:

Joshua J. Love, 22, of 81 Chase St., Massena, was sentenced to 3 years in state prison for a third-degree rape conviction. Love was arrested on April 25 by state police on charges that he provided alcohol to a 16-year-old girl Jan. 11 or 12 in the village and engaged in intercourse and oral sex with her when she became intoxicated.

Love was also ordered to pay $1,425 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Nicholas A. Steenkamer, 20, of 525 E. Hayward St., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sex act and two counts of second-degree rape, all class D felonies.

It is alleged that during August and on Sept. 25, in the city, he engaged in oral sexual contact and sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

He was released under probation supervision.

Alex J. Amyot, 38, 1900 Route 345, Madrid, was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison as a second felony offender for a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction.

Amyot stole more than $3,000 worth of metal railway-related items belonging to Thomas Fiacco between Aug. 12 and 28, 2012 in the town of Potsdam. He was also ordered to pay $1,296 in restitution.

On July 28, 2008, Mr. Amyot was convicted of driving while intoxicated and served one year in St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on that conviction.

Andrew F. White, 25, of 46 Sterling St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to 240 days in St. Lawrence County jail after his Aug. 19 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contemptr.

White disregarded a no harassment order for Natalie Besaw, issued June 5 by Gouverneur Town Justice John W. Riordan. White had an altercation with the woman July 23 over a pack of cigarettes, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said.

Judge Richards also ordered Mr. White to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Additionally, Mr. White pleaded guilty to violating a five-year probation sentence imposed April 26, 2012, for an attempted-burglary conviction. He was released under probation supervision in that matter.

Gary L. McKenzie II, 22, of 154 Hailesboro St., Apt. 26, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

It is alleged that on July 16 he was in possession of an unloaded, large-capacity M-16-style, 30-round magazine.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held on $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s infant son.

Joshua A. Henderson, 24, of 68 E. Orvis St., Apt. D, Massena, pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class B felony.

It is alleged that on June 26, in the village of Massena, Henderson was in possession of a dagger with the intent to use it unlawfully against another person.

The grand jury also reported that on June 11 Henderson had been convicted of fourth-degree attempted criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

He was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Shawn A. Monaghan, 29, of 32 Maple St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It is alleged that on Sept. 4, in the village of Massena, Monaghan sold cocaine to another person.

Monaghan was returned to St. Lawrence County jail ,where he was being held on a parole detainer without bail.

Christopher Lopez, 23, of 820 Colgate Ave., Bronx, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It is alleged that on Aug. 27, in the village of Massena, Lopez was in possession of both heroin and cocaine with the intent to sell it.

Lopez was released on $30,000 bond.

Troy D. Brighton, 44, of 35 Orebed Road, Canton, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary.

It is alleged that on July 23 he unlawfully entered a home 3063 County Route 21, Canton, with the intent to commit a crime.

Brighton was released under probation supervision.

Norman C. Butler, 19, Star Lake, was placed on one year of interim probation after his Sept. 3 guilty plea to third-degree burglary.

On April 21, in the town Clifton, Butler broke into the home of Chris Aldrich. Butler confessed to Judge Richards that it was around dawn when he entered through an open window at Mr. Aldrich’s home and stole two BB guns and a can of soda.

In addition to probation, Mr. Butler was ordered to pay $143 in restitution.

Kane W. Henderson, 23, of West Linn, Ore., pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Henderson, who was a Clarkson University student, sold LSD ton Dec. 1 and had been expelled from the school after his arrest.

He was released on $2,500 bail. Sentencing was adjourned to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 2.

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