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Potsdam man indicted by SLC grand jury on 12 felony counts


CANTON— A Potsdam man accused of having sex with a fourteen-year-old was charged with 12 felonies and two misdemeanors Wednesday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Christopher P. McDonald, 40, of 310 May Road, was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, seven counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, all felonies. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

McDonald, who was arrested on Aug. 15, is accused of having anal and oral sex with the victim.

The alleged incidents, all involving the same victim, occurred during weekends in the summer and fall of 2009 in the town of Hopkinton, and February 2010, March 2011 and April 2011 in the village of Potsdam, according to the indictment report.

McDonald was charged in the first degree because he allegedly engaged in anal sex with the victim by forcible compulsion in the town of Norfolk on Aug. 2, 2012.

The endangering the welfare of a child charges came from incidents in the summer of 2009 and Sept. 7, 2011, where the defendant is accused of providing alcohol to the victim.

McDonald will be represented by St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

Others indicted by the grand jury:

Joshua R. Hughes, 21, of 101 New York Ave., Apt. 3, Ogdensburg, was charged with felony second-degree burglary.

Mr. Hughes is accused of breaking into the 50 S. Main St., Norwood, home of Nicholas M. Fiacco on June 30. Mr. Fiacco told police that Mr. Hughes pointed a gun at him and demanded money before the two fought, resulting in Mr. Fiacco being pushed out of the residence. When he came back inside, he noticed his wallet, reportedly containing $4,550, was missing, police said.

Mr. Hughes is represented by attorney Bradford Riendeau.

Michael L. Jock, 38, of 141 Roosevelt Road, Massena, and Chanon T. Thompson, 38, of 20 Barnes Road, Hogansburg, were both charged with felony possession of transportation of unstamped cigarettes.

The two men were arrested after a May 30 traffic stop on Route 11 in the town of Rossie. They were found in possession of more than 30,000 unstamped cigarettes.

Mr. Jock is represented by attorney Vaughn Aldrich, while Mr. Thompson is represented by attorney Lorraine White.

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