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Norfolk man facing prison time for raping a 13-year-old


CANTON — A Norfolk man is facing 14 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in St. Lawrence County Court to raping a 13-year-old Norfolk girl.

Trevor Secore, 20, 9378 Route 56, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse, both class D felonies, in a plea deal with special prosecutor Nicole M. Duve.

Secore was originally facing charges including two counts each of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, and first-degree sexual abuse, all felonies, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Secore admitted in court to having had sex with the minor by forcible compulsion during the summer of 2012. He was 18 at the time of the incident.

Secore, who original balked at the deal when he said he never committed any of the charges placed against him, changed his tune after a meeting with Ms. Duve and his attorney, Bradford C. Riendeau.

Prior to the closed-door meeting with the attorneys, County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards told Secore that if he were to go to trial and a jury were to find him guilty he could have faced a maximum of 64 years in state prison.

Under the current plea deal, he would only be facing a maximum of 14 years.

“If you are found guilty by a jury you are not going to be able to stand up and say, ‘But judge, I didn’t realize that I could get that much time in prison,’” Judge Richards said.

The judge said that through the plea deal, he is not privy to all of the details of the rape, but he would if the case went to trial, and that factor heavily into sentencing.

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 17. He was sent back to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Because of his age at the time of the rape, Secore could be eligible for a youthful offender status, meaning he will not have a criminal record after serving his time.

In other court action Friday:

Joshua A Henderson, 25, 68 East Orvis St., Massena, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in an Alford plea, reducing his original charge of felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

In an Alford Plea, a defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

Mr. Henderson said he did not have the intention of using the blade that was discovered under the seat of his vehicle when he was stopped by Massena police on June 26 on a warrant from Potsdam Village Police.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 17. Mr. Henderson was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Kathy L. Sharpstene, 57, Ogdensburg, admitted to violating her Sept. 19, 2012, five-year probation sentence for third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. On Jan. 21 she was charged with petit larceny for allegedly stealing $400 worth of merchandise from Potsdam in Walmart. Additionally, on April 15, she allegedly told probation officials she had smoked crack cocaine and tested positive for alcohol.

She appeared in court without an attorney, and a denial was entered on her behalf by Judge Richards. Her case was adjourned to Feb. 7. She was sent back to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Edwin G. Roach, 54, of 511 Knox Street, admitted to violating his probation following his Aug. 26 arraignment for two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance, all felonies. Mr. Roach was released under probation supervision and told Judge Richards Friday that he admitted to probation that he drank alcohol on New Year’s Eve, and a urine sample taken by chemical dependency on Jan. 2 tested positive for alcohol.

Judge Richards continued Mr. Roach’s release under probation supervision, adding a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew to his probation conditions.

Darren M. Chaffee, 39, of 190 Center St., Massena, admitted to violating his May 28 three-year probation sentence for misdemeanor criminal possession of marijuana.

A probation report said he had left the county without permission on Sept. 13, and on Sept. 16, he submitted a urine sample that tested positive for amphetamines. He had told probation officers that he had been injecting himself with Adderall, a pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Mr. Chaffee was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Ryan E. Thomason, 18, of 358 County Route 6, Hammond, admitted to violating his Jan. 9, 2012, sentence to five years’ probation for second-degree attempted burglary.

Judge Richards said Mr. Thomason failed to report to probation on seven different occasions last year, didn’t show up to an appointment for outpatient treatment and failed to pay restitution. Additionally, on Oct. 30, he admitted to probation officials that he had been smoking marijuana and had been consuming alcohol.

Judge Richards followed probation’s recommendation that Mr. Thomason go to St. Lawrence Addiction Center for inpatient treatment and returned him to St. Lawrence County jail until a bed was available.

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