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Preliminary hearing scheduled for alleged Massena groper

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MASSENA - A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday for a Massena man charged with entering a female acquaintance’s apartment without permission and groping her while she slept.

Village police had charged Kevin G. Therrien, 59, residing at the Quality Inn at the time of his arrest and formerly of 77 Grove St., for a felony counts of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny and a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching in the early morning hours of Aug. 6.

He had been sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,0000 following his arrest.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby made a request for the preliminary hearing. She noted she had initially waived timeliness on the hearing because her client was in a detox program.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Botts told the court there was a possibility the case could be presented to a grand jury before Friday eliminating the need for the preliminary hearing.

Preliminary hearings are a procedural matter held in felony cases when a defendant is incarcerated to determine if a felony offense was committed and if there is evidence to suggest the crime was committed by the person charged with the felony offense.

He allegedly broke into the 20-year-old’s Grove Street apartment and forcibly groped the woman’s intimate parts while she was sleeping. The alleged victim’s screams reportedly led Therrien to jump away and leave the apartment.

The woman told police she had seen Therrien at church that Sunday morning, and they had smoked a cigarette together after the service. She said Therrien gave her back $5 that she had previously lent him.

The woman told police she was gone for much of the day and took her medication before going to sleep at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday. “I was then woken up my someone sitting on top of me,” she said, noting she knew his identity by his first name only from church.

She said the man had both of his hands underneath her clothing.

“I let out a huge scream and jumped out of my bed. Kevin then backed away from me. I kept screaming at Kevin telling him to get out, ‘I’m calling the police.’ Kevin then told me he will be back later tonight. I asked Kevin what do you mean, and he just stated, ‘I will be back later,’” the alleged victim noted in her statement to police.

She also told police after Therrien left her apartment she discovered her keys and wallet were missing.

In other recent court action before Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson:

■ Amanda J. Gilbo, 27, of 609 Irish Settlement Road, Ogdensburg, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

She and a co-defendant, Terry Powers, had been charged with shoplifting $264.45 worth of merchandise - including a router, two adapters, printer ink, three DVDs and air fresheners - from Walmart on Oct. 21, 2011.

Gilbo reportedly placed the items in her purse and pockets before walking out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

Her plea came just two days after she and Mr. Power had been charged with new offenses stemming from an incident at the Walmart store in Potsdam.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies had charged Gilbo and Terry Power, 31, currently residing at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton, with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy following an investigation into an Aug. 1 shoplifting incident at the Potsdam.

Power and Gilbo are charged with shoplifting a generator, bottled water and birdseed from the Potsdam store. The merchandise was valued at $239.92.

■ George H. Malone, 56, of 3245 County Route 47, Norfolk, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

He had been charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in April. He was reportedly in possession of a stolen Kindle Touch.

Malone told troopers in February he had purchased the Kindle from Rachel Riley for $100 and given it to his wife as a present. “Rachel told me she had received the Kindle as a gift,” Malone told state police in his statement.

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