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Connecticut man pleads guilty to St. Lawrence child-porn charge

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CANTON — A Connecticut man pleaded guilty to a child-pornography charge Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Mihael Delamontagnes, 40, of Willington, formerly of Brasher, admitted to one count of attempting to promote a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony.

Mr. Delamontagnes admitted to Judge Jerome J. Richards that he shared a video depicting a boy under the age of 17 engaged in sexual conduct with an adult.

He was arrested in October following a 10-month joint investigation by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Homeland Security in Massena into electronic peer-to-peer file-sharing networks where suspects allegedly share child pornography.

Mr. Delamontagnes, who is represented by Public Defender Stephen D. Button, originally was charged with 132 counts of promotion and 132 counts of possession of a sexual performance by a child. Mr. Button said that under a plea deal worked out with the prosecution, his client’s admission satisfies all of the original charges.

Under the deal, Mr. Delamontagnes faces 10 years’ probation when he is sentenced on Aug. 19. He also must surrender all seized equipment, may not have any contact with computers during his probation and will be subject to a sex offender risk assessment hearing.

He is free on bail pending sentencing.

In other court action Monday:

Joshua R. Bristol, 23, Gouverneur, had sentencing adjourned to June 21 in connection with a March 20 guilty plea to one count of first-degree criminal sexual act. He admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a child in 2010.

Robert S. Webb, 50, Gouverneur, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D violent felony.

Webb, a registered sex offender for a previous offense, had sexual contact with a girl under the age of 13 in the town of Potsdam last summer. Sentencing was set for Aug. 19.

Frederick G. Beha, 48, Parishville, pleaded not guilty to accusations of driving while intoxicated on Feb. 11 in Parishville with an 11-year-old child in the vehicle. He remains free under probation supervision while awaiting further proceedings.

Ernest G. Turnbull, 42, Canton, pleaded not guilty to accusations of driving while intoxicated Feb. 7 in Fowler. He remains free under probation supervision while awaiting further proceedings.

Andrew D. Stiles, 31, Canton, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for improperly collecting more than $18,000 in unemployment benefits from April 2009 to March 2012 while working at another job.

Under a plea deal, Mr. Stiles would face one year of interim probation when he is sentenced Aug. 19. If successful, he then would be able to plead to a misdemeanor charge. He must pay “a substantial amount” of the restitution within one year and the full amount within two years, officials said.

Robert L. Pitts Jr., 53, Massena, pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree rape and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl, now 15, for two years. He was taken to the county jail without bail, pending further proceedings.

Brian M. Hurlbut Jr., 32, Massena, was sentenced to six months in the county jail and five years’ probation, to be served concurrently, in connection with a 2011 guilty plea to first-degree scheme to defraud.

Mr. Hurlbut was arrested for receiving more than $1,000 each from two men to do home repair work that he never finished, state police said.

Brendon C. Warren, 37, Brier Hill, pleaded not guilty to allegations of DWI on Dec. 17 in Morristown. He remains free under probation supervision while awaiting further proceedings.

Barbara G. Cole, 72, Fine, had a 2011 felony DWI plea vacated after successfully completing interim probation. She was allowed to enter a misdemeanor plea and will serve three years’ probation, with credit, to end Dec. 19, 2015.

Michael W. Phillips, 47, Chaumont, pleaded not guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Investigators said Mr. Phillips sold cocaine in the town of Rossie on three dates from January to March. He was released under probation supervision while awaiting further proceedings.

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