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CANTON — A former Canton woman was sentenced to a decade of probation and jail time in St. Lawrence County Court Thursday for having sex with a 13-year-old boy on the Fourth of July in 2013.

Amanda L. Matott, 24, of 3626 County Route 14, Madrid, was sentenced to 60 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and 10 years of probation for her April 22 guilty plea to third-degree rape, a class E felony.

Matott was arrested on Aug. 9 following a multiagency investigation that included the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and Child Protective Department, which began in July and concluded that Matott, formerly of Canton Manor Apartments, served a 13 year old alcohol before engaging in sexual activity.

In addition to her sentence, St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards issued an eight-year, no-contact order of protection in favor of the boy and ordered Matott to pay $1,425 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Judge Richards scheduled a sex offender registration hearing for Matott on Aug. 18.

In other court action Monday:

Joseph A. Back II, 54, of 494 River Road, Hogansburg pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree vehicular assault, two counts of second-degree vehicular assault, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

It is alleged that on March 27 Back was driving on Route 37 in the town of Massena with a blood alcohol content of 0.26 percent when he caused serious physical injury to Eva P. Waters, 52, of Massena.

At the time of the incident, troopers said Ms. Waters was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital for treatment of two fractured ankles and a broken femur after a truck, allegedly driven by Back collided head-on with her vehicle. He also struck two other vehicles in an accident on Route 37 hust east of the entrance to the port of entry in Rooseveltown.

During his arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm said this was Back’s seventh alcohol related driving incident and that his actions in March placed Ms. Waters in a nursing home due to the injuries she sustained in the crash and requested that he be held in St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

Back was released under the supervision of probation with restrictions to include he not consume alcohol or enter any establishment that sells alcohol.

Jesse J. Johnson, 31, of 111 Guiles Road, Edwards, was sent to St. Lawrence County jail for violating his five-year probation sentence for aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced March 7. Judge Richards said Johnson failed to report to probation during the months of March, April and June and added that he was reportedly drinking at Jocko’s Bar and Grill in Degrasse. Johnson is being held without bail.

Sonya M. Turner, 33, last known address of Ashboro, N.C., was sent to St. Lawrence County jail for violating her September 2012 five-year probation sentence for second-degree forgery. Judge Richards said Turner had moved from North Carolina to Alaska without permission and failed to report to probation on two occasions in April. Ms. Turner is being held without bail.

Jon E. Paige, 21, 77 Jefferson Ave., Massena, was sentenced to three years of probation for his April 28 guilty plea to misdemeanor criminal sale of marijuana.

In addition to his probation sentence, Paige was ordered to pay $425 in restitution and $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Melissa L. McLear, 32, of 623 State St., Ogdensburg, was placed on one year of interim probation’s intensive supervision program for her May 6 guilty plea to criminal possession of a forged instrument.

McLear was arrested on Sept. 17 following an investigation that began on Sept. 11 after her doctor, Dr. James Edmond, Clifton Park, discovered that prescriptions that he hadn’t endorsed had been stolen from his office, forged and then filled for Ritalin and Suboxone at pharmacies in Ogdensburg.

Final sentencing is scheduled for June 29, 2015.

Troy D. Brighton, 44, of Otisville, formerly of 35 Orebed Road, Canton, was sentenced to five years of probation for his April 28 guilty plea to the violent felony of second-degree attempted burglary.

Brighton unlawfully entered a 3063 County Route 21 home in Canton on July 23, with the intent to commit a crime.

In addition to his probation sentence, Brighton was ordered to pay $375 in court fines, fess and surcharges. Jurisdiction of probation has been transferred to Orange County, where Brighton now resides.

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