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Watertown man sent to prison on second-degree rape conviction


LOWVILLE — A Watertown man was sent to state prison for having sexual relations with an underage girl.

Patrick J. Elliott, 37, of 518 W. Main St., Apt. A, was sentenced Friday in Lewis County Court to seven years in prison, five years of post-release parole supervision and $1,425 in court fees. A jury convicted him Sept. 17 of second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

Jurors did acquit him of first-degree rape, which would have carried a much more severe penalty.

Judge Daniel R. King also issued an order of protection on the victim’s behalf that is to extend for eight years past the maximum release date, and Mr. Elliott was registered as a sex offender.

He was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on Dec. 9 outside a residence in the town of West Turin.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Grant J. Riker, 29, Syracuse, was sentenced to three years’ probation, forfeiture of $991 in cash that was seized during his arrest, a six-month driver’s license revocation and $250 in court fees on a charge of fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, to which he pleaded guilty Sept. 6. Mr. Riker was accused of selling marijuana on Aug. 12 at the moe.down music festival in Turin.

James R. Sullivan, 35, Port Leyden, was sentenced to six months in county jail and $250 in court fees on a charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence, to which he pleaded guilty Oct. 4. Mr. Sullivan was accused of trying to get rid of a glass tube containing methamphetamine during an Aug. 31 traffic stop by attempting to throw it off the South State Street bridge in Lowville.

Jeremy A. Edick, 21, Rochester, was arraigned on a charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence and pleaded guilty. He was then sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service transferable to Monroe County and $250 in court fees. He was accused of, on Sept. 14 in the town of Martinsburg, ripping up a marijuana plant from a bucket and hiding it under nearby items.

Thomas C. Hanno Jr., 38, Lowville, had a trial set for Dec. 16 in his case of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of selling hydrocodone in October in Lowville.

James R. Sees, 41, and his wife, Nicole L., 28, both of High Falls Apartments, 4061 Cherry St., Apt. 3, and Jody A. Kirk Jr., 28, no permanent address, all had their cases of third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance adjourned to Dec. 6; Mr. and Mrs. Sees additionally were charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, Mr. Sees and Mr. Kirk were each charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and Mr. Kirk was charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.

The three are accused of operating a meth lab Sept. 3 in the Sees’ apartment.

Miguel A. Raspaldo, 24, Rochester, had his case of two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and single counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal mischief adjourned to Dec. 6, with Judge King issuing a temporary order of protection.

Mr. Raspaldo was accused of breaking into Cataldo Hardware Store in Lyons Falls on the morning of July 4 by smashing the front window and stealing four handguns valued at more than $1,000. He also allegedly damaged a gun display, microwave oven and freezer in the store.

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