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

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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 J. Secore, 20, of 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 originally was 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.

He 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 originally balked at the deal when he said he never committed any of the crimes alleged against him, changed his tune after a meeting with Ms. Duve and his attorney, Bradford C. Riendeau.

Before the closed-door meeting with the attorneys, County 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.

“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.

Under the plea deal, Secore could face a maximum of only 14 years.

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

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

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

In other court action Friday:

Joshua A Henderson, 25, of 68 E. 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 to the act, but admits that the prosecution likely could 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 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 Walmart Supercenter in Potsdam. 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 Friday. She was sent back to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Edwin G. Roach, 54, of 511 Knox St., 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 on Friday that he admitted to probation that he drank alcohol on New Year’s Eve, and a urine sample taken by a chemical dependency unit 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 is available at the center.

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