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Waddington teen jailed on criminal contempt count


CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - A Waddington teenager was jailed on $2,500 cash bail Monday morning after being charged with violating an order of protection Sunday when he went to his cousin’s residence and demanded she give him money.

Village police charged Curtis P. Debien, 18, of 12526 state Route 37, Waddington, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and misdemeanor charges of second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment.

He reportedly went to his cousin Darlina Dishaw’s residence on Brighton Street and demanded money. “Curtis told me needed $100. I am very much afraid of him because I know he is doing drugs and because of threats he has made to me in the past. I just cooperated with him and gave him my debit card,” she noted in her statement to police.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had signed an order of protection on Aug. 7 directing Debien to stay away from Ms. Dishaw. Village police were also at Ms. Dishaw’s residence when Debien called her at 12:10 a.m. Sunday.

Debien, then listing a 46 Park St., Massena, address, had been charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and trespassing in March when he cut a screen and entered his cousin’s Brighton Street apartment.

Ms. Dishaw said when she woke up at 7:30 a.m. she saw Debien at her bedroom door. She said Debien initially called the detox unit at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and tried to set up an appointment.

“Curtis started telling me needed money, which he always does. Curtis threatened me that he will sell all the stuff in my house. I told Curtis I was not giving him any. Curtis got angry and threatened to break up everything I have,” she noted in her statement to police following that incident.

Debien was arraigned on the new charges Monday morning by Judge Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

The Waddington teenager urged the court not to sent him to jail. “Today my dad and I were going to look at treatment options before I go back to school. This is my last year in school. Today was the day I was going to get into detox or rehab. I’m going to be very sick in jail,” Debien told the village justice.

Mr. Gustafson assured Debien probation department officials would be meeting with him in jail and discussing appropriate options for him.

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