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Brasher Iron Works man texts himself back to jail

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CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - A Brasher Iron Works man’s penchant for texting his ex-girlfriend has landed him back in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Village police charged Roger J. Deshane, 40, of 2507 County Route 55, Brasher Falls, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt Saturday. He was charged Saturday following an investigation into a complaint that he had violated an order of protection by texting and calling his ex-girlfriend, Tami L. LaMay.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had signed an order of protection on April 25 directing Deshane to stay away from Ms. LaMay following his arrest on an aggravated harassment count. That order expires Oct. 31.

Deshane was arraigned on the felony contempt count by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2.500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Ms. LaMay, in a statement she signed for police on May 23, said Deshane had sent her a text telling her he loved her and would go to jail for life. “This was not sent from Roger’s phone, but I know this was him because he signed the bottom of it. He then sent me another text from his phone (an hour and a half later) with the same message,” she noted in her statement.

The Massena woman said she had been receiving several blocked calls where nobody talks on the other end of the phone except for one occasion when she said Deshane had two words of advice for her. “I know this was Roger because I was with him for five years, and I know his voice. I have an order of protection preventing Roger from contacting me, but he will not stop,” she added.

Deshane had been jailed from his arrest on April 25 on the aggravated harassment count until May 15 when he pleaded guilty to that charge and was sentenced to time served and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.;

In that case, he admitted he sent repeated text messages to Ms. LaMay after April 20 when a village police officer told Deshane he could face arrest if he continued to contact his ex-girlfriend. He also reportedly left a voice message on LaMay’s 17-year-old daughter’s phone warning her that, if he was arrested, he would be coming to their home when he was released and face another arrest because Ms. LaMay would be dead.

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