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Chaumont man sentenced to prison for having child pornography

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A Chaumont man was sentenced Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to up to three years in state prison for possessing child pornography.

Harvey D. Vandewalker Jr., 35, whose last known address was 11802 Main St., was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after a Sept. 26 guilty plea to possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child and violating probation. He also admitted violating probation by committing the new crime.

He admitted that on Jan. 28 in the town of Lyme he possessed images of a girl under the age of 16 engaged in sexual acts. At the time, he was serving 10 years’ probation imposed in February 2009 for second-degree sexual abuse and second-degree rape, having been accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl.

He was sentenced Wednesday as a second-felony offender, based on the sexual abuse and rape convictions. He was sentenced to a concurrent two-year prison term for the probation violation, followed by three years of additional supervision upon his release. He is presently registered with the state as a Level 2 sex offender, but will likely be required to register as a Level 3 offender, the highest level, upon his release from prison.

In other court activity Wednesday:

Dejuan J. Butler, 23, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to possess cocaine with the intent to sell the drug within the county Nov. 5, 2012. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 21 to 3 years in prison, followed by three years’ post-release supervision. His sentence is expected to run concurrently with any sentence he may receive in St. Lawrence County, where he also has drug charges pending.

Mark J. Hill, 42, of 14938 County Route 59, Dexter, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. He admitted that he engaged in sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl sometime in June in the town of Brownville. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 17 to 10 years’ probation and be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

Brett W. Walker, 43, of 10767 Middle Road, Dexter, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny as a result of one incident and fourth-degree grand larceny as a result of a second. He admitted that between October 2011 and July 2012 he stole $34,195 from Caprara Brothers Honda, 18712 Route 11, where he was employed as a manager. He also admitted that on Oct. 20, with another, he stole $4,463 in diesel fuel from Eagle Beverage Co. in the town of Pamelia. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 17 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay full restitution to both victims.

In court activity Monday:

Antonio D. Beale, 24, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in June with possessing more than an eighth of an ounce of cocaine during a May 16 traffic stop on Route 342 in the town of Pamelia. It also was alleged that a loaded 9 mm pistol was found in the car.

Mr. Beale is expected to be sentenced Dec. 23 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation. Charges against a second passenger in the vehicle, Allen L. Ricks Jr., 25, Evans Mills, remain pending.

In other court activity Monday:

Kevin C. Walcott, 21, Utica, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that on June 6, with another person, he tried to sell cocaine within the county. He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 20 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Patrick Occhino, 29, of 8361 County Route 9, Clayton, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He admitted that on March 23 in Clayton he struck a man with a glass object, causing a cut to the victim’s face. He is expected to be sentenced Jan. 6 to 90 days in the PSB and five years’ probation.

Deborah L. Morgan, 50, of 39131 Route 3, Carthage, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief. She admitted that she intentionally damaged a Chevrolet Trailblazer on May 6 in West Carthage. She is expected to sentenced Jan. 10 to five years’ probation and be ordered to pay about $2,400 in restitution.

In court activity Friday:

William J. Kiblin Jr., 40, whose last known address was 19226 Route 11, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after a Sept. 23 guilty plea to first-degree criminal contempt. He admitted violating an order of protection held by Michelle R. Ricks by sending her a letter July 22 in Watertown. He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in March of first-degree criminal contempt, also for violating Ms. Ricks’s protection order.

Stephen A. McMorris, 21, Jennings, La., was sentenced to time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after an Oct. 10 guilty plea to third-degree burglary. He also was ordered to pay $14,010 in restitution. He admitted that he entered the former Fargo Inn on Loop Road with the intent to commit a crime on Dec. 29, 2011. Mr. McMorris was charged with the crime in September by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies after they were able to link DNA evidence found at the scene to him. He had been living in Carthage at the time of the crime.

Wesley B. Butler, 20, whose last known address was 1708 Ohio St., Apt. 32, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after a Sept. 24 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that on May 13, with others, he tried to sell heroin within the county.

Keva L. Shenk, 23, whose last known address was 629 Lillian St., Apt. 2, was sentenced to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation after a Sept. 23 guilty plea to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to sell heroin March 21 in Watertown.

Michael S. Hill, 33, whose last known address was 19226 Route 11, pleaded guilty to third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. He accused of possessing materials needed to make methamphetamine following a traffic stop in May on Route 12 in Burrville. He is due to be sentenced Jan. 4.

Jesse G. Culbertson, 22, of 103 Washington St., Antwerp, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated DWI with a child as a passenger. He was charged with driving while intoxicated June 3 on Route 11 in the town of LeRay with a 6-month-old in the vehicle. He is due to be sentenced Dec. 20 to five years’ probation, be fined $1,500, have his driver’s license revoked and be subject to the interlock provision.

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