A Calcium man faces 15 years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he had repeated sexual contact with a girl and had sexual intercourse with a second minor.
Paul J. Priest, 43, address not available, pleaded guilty to first-degree course of sexual conduct with a child and third-degree rape as a result of separate incidents. He admitted that between June 11, 2011, and Sept. 11, 2011, he engaged in sexual acts with a child under the age of 13. He also admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female, who was not the same victim as in 2011, on May 28 in the town of LeRay.
In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered at his March 24 sentencing to undergo an additional five years of supervision upon his release and to register with the state as a sex offender.
In other court activity:
Shaun M. Bohn, 23, whose last known address was 24098 Route 12, Apt. 10, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he tried to enter the apartment of a neighbor, Stephen Byers, with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of his arrest that several household items were taken. He is expected to be sentenced March 10 to 1½ to three years in prison. He is presently on parole, having been sentenced in August 2012 to three years in prison for violating probation imposed for a third-degree burglary conviction. He was released from prison under parole supervision March 28, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.
Caleb A. Bellinger, 24, of 14103 County Route 75, Adams, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He entered his plea using a partial Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to all of the facts in the underlying case, but was pleading guilty to avoid possibly facing a stiffer sentence if convicted of the act at trial. Assistant District Attorney Walter M. Jeram Jr. told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that, had the matter proceeded to trial, prosecutors would have produced evidence and testimony showing that Mr. Bellinger stomped on the legs of his neighbor, Michael Rumsey, causing a fracture April 18 in the town of Adams.
Mr. Bellinger is expected to be sentenced March 12 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years probation.
Walter Wilcox, 59, whose last known address was 513 Olive St., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty to second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that on Dec. 9 he placed Kenneth D. Pleasant, Watertown, in fear of being stabbed by threatening him with a kitchen knife. It was illegal for Mr. Wilcox to possess the weapon because he has previously been convicted of menacing. He is expected to be sentenced March 25 to time served at the PSB and five years probation.
Tevin R. Mapson, 24, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated as a misdemeanor and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated July 20 on Route 26 in the town of LeRay while his drivers license was suspended or revoked for a prior alcohol-related offense. He is expected to be sentenced March 20 to no worse than three years probation and be fined $1,500. He will also have his drivers license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.