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Trimm faces more sexual assault charges as murder trial approaches

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CANTON — Second-degree murder suspect Dustin J. Trimm is facing a third felony case after a St. Lawrence County grand jury handed up an indictment containing six new, unrelated sexual assault charges.

The indictment, which was handed up Thursday, was unsealed Tuesday by Judge Jerome J. Richards. It alleges that Trimm, 38, Winthrop, engaged in forcible sexual activity with an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old in early 2010 and early 2011, respectively. The victims’ sexes were not disclosed.

The latest charges against Trimm are two felony counts each of first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse, one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault, a class A-II felony.

He pleaded not guilty to those charges Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Trimm, who is scheduled to go to trial next month on allegations of murdering 21-year-old Jason Wing in the summer of 2010, was also indicted in August on two felony counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor, two misdemeanor counts of third-degree patronizing a prostitute and one misdemeanor count each of first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

In that case, Trimm is accused of sending text messages in which he offered a 16-year-old boy $50 to perform oral sex on him in May, as well as providing the boy with vodka. Trimm allegedly sent those messages while free from jail after his father posted $250,000 bail in the murder case. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 27, but was returned to jail. The case is still pending, Assistant District Attorney Amanda N. Nissen said Tuesday.

During Trimm’s arraignment on the new indictment, Ms. Nissen argued Trimm was a flight risk. New York City defense attorney Ryan G. Blanch countered Trimm had traveled to Florida and returned to the area while previously out on bail. The judge ordered Trimm returned to the St. Lawrence County jail without bail, but advised Mr. Blanch he could request a separate bail hearing at a later date.

Defense motions in the murder case, including dismissal of the indictment and reconsideration of bail, were adjourned until April 26, with trial set for May 13.

Trimm allegedly shot Mr. Wing and buried his body on a Grantville Road property in Norfolk, where his remains were recovered in February 2012.

He is listed as a Level 2 sex offender in the state registry in connection with a 1997 felony conviction for sodomizing a 15-year-old boy.

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