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Ogdensburg man pleads guilty to two sex counts in county court

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CANTON - An Ogdensburg man faces two years in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to two sex counts this week in county court.

Nicholas A.J. Steenkamer, 19, of 525 East Hayward St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both Class D felonies.

St. Lawrence County Chief Assistant District Attorney David Haggard said the agreement included a commitment that Steenkamer will be sentenced to consecutive terms of one year in the county jail for each conviction.

He admitted he was over 18 years old when he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old female in August 2013 and sexual intercourse with that same teenager on Sept. 25.

St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards sent Steenkamer back to the county jail without bail pending sentencing on Oct. 6.

He warned the Ogdensburg man he needed to comply with the rules of the jail if he wanted to earn the benefit of his plea bargain agreement.

“If you fail to comply with their rules, you can face up to 14 years in state prison,” Mr. Richards said.

In other recent court action before Judge Richards

• Timothy J. Green, 32, of 13 Pine St. Apt. B, Canton, was sentenced to probation for five years - with credit for the year he successfully completed on interim probation - and ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $1,868.27 and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state’s database. Restitution had been set at $2,143.27 when he was placed on interim probation.

Green had been placed under one year of interim probation last summer after pleading guilty to first-degree scheme to defraud, a Class E felony.

Green issued four checks totaling $201.69 to the Potsdam IGA supermarket in June 2012. All were returned for insufficient funds.

He used 16 invalid checks on June 27, 2009 for purchases at Price Chopper, Bressette’s Bottles N Beverage and Rex Hardware totaling $1,078.

Defense attorney Charles B. Nash said since being placed on interim probation, his client had complied with the terms of his sentence, been employed and tested negative for alcohol and substance use. He said when Green had been unemployed briefly he had actively looked for work until landing a new job.

• Victor P. Green, 33, of 512 Hasbrouck St., Ogdensburg, had his sentencing for a third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine conviction adjourned until Sept. 23. He did not appear in court on Tuesday.

His attorney, Christopher Nye, said probation department officials had informed him his client had entered Hamilton Hall for treatment, but had been released last week for medical reasons, shipped to Syracuse and undergone back surgery on Aug. 26. He said it was his understanding Green had been released from the hospital on Thursday.

Mr. Richards said, while he was not saying it was the issue in the Green case, it was not uncommon for drug addicts to undergo elective surgeries so they can gain access to controlled substances.

“Part of the problem as I now see it is we have a drug addict now probably being prescribed drugs and that is a concern for me,” the county court judge said.

Green was charged April 4 with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Ogdensburg Police Department had been requested the previous day to accompany St. Lawrence County Child Protective Services to the house. Officers then made observations that led them to believe methamphetamine was being manufactured inside.

Members of the Ogdensburg Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for the premises.

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