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Theresa man pleads guilty in child sex abuse case

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WATERTOWN — A town of Theresa man faces three years in state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Jefferson County Court to a charge that he had sexual contact with a child.

Murray D. Majo, 73, of 29939 County Route 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree sex abuse. He had been accused of having sexual contact with an 8-year-old child on March 9 in Theresa. The charges had come after an investigation by the county Department of Social Services Child Protective Services.

In addition to the prison term, he is expected to be ordered at sentencing Sept. 8 to undergo an additional five years of supervision upon his release and to register with the state as a sex offender.

In other court activity:

Steven W. Laclair, 47, of 16216 Route 12E, Dexter, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and admitted violating probation. He had been charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug May 1 in Adams. At the time, he was serving five years’ probation imposed in County Court in May for third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine and second-degree reckless endangerment convictions.

He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 11 to four years in prison, followed by two years of post-release supervision. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that he serve his sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program, in which he will serve 90 days in the military-style recovery program and then serve the balance of his sentence under parole supervision.

Robert C. Brown, 36, address not available, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in March with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug Feb. 7 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 20 to two years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision.

Shawn S. Donato, 33, of 307 Howk St., pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug April 6 in Watertown. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 4 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Oakley C. Cullen, 18, of 46436 County Route 1, Alexandria Bay, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He had been charged with possessing hydrocodone May 3 in the town of Pamelia, as well as with having a gravity knife and brass knuckles. He is expected to be sentenced Aug. 20 to five years’ probation and be ordered to work six weekends at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Melissa A. Hilton, 31, of 10849 Utah St., Apt. B, Fort Drum, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. She was charged with entering Subway sandwich shop at Salmon Run Mall after hours on Sept. 11 with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of her arrest that she stole cash from a register. She was subsequently sentenced to 45 days in the PSB and ordered to pay $614 in restitution.

George J. Lewis, 33, whose last known address was 262 Moulton St., was sentenced to 1½ to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty April 8 to fourth-degree grand larceny. He admitted that he stole merchandise from Target, 20823 Route 3, on Jan. 3 Judge Martusewicz mandated that he serve his sentence in the Willard program.

Mark R. Stewart, 54, whose last known address was 1005 Franklin St., was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation. He admitted that between Dec. 1, 2012, and Aug. 5 he did more than $5,000 damage in property at 909 Washington St. Police said at the time of his arrest in March that Mr. Stewart covered the walls of the apartment with biblical quotes and damaged a radiator, stove and other appliances belonging to J. Clancy Hopkins, who died Feb. 13 at age 89.

In addition to the graffiti on the walls, Mr. Stewart was accused of tearing a steel radiator from the living room wall, ripping apart a closet, stripping molding from around windows and removing the kitchen sink and drywall. Mr. Hopkins had reported that Mr. Stewart changed the lock months before the damage was discovered and did not leave Mr. Hopkins a key.

Mr. Stewart had left the area before he was charged, but was arrested March 4 in Baton Rouge, La., on an unrelated charge and returned to Watertown. He also was ordered Wednesday to pay $500 in restitution to Mr. Hopkins’s widow, Patti, and $26,117 to New York Central Mutual, the property’s insurance carrier, in the form of a civil judgment.

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