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Sun., Oct. 4
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Man pleads not guilty to 12 sexual felonies in St. Lawrence County Court


CANTON— A Potsdam man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old pleaded not guilty Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Christopher P. McDonald, 40, of 310 May Road, who faces 12 felony charges and two misdemeanors, was returned to the St. Lawrence County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

McDonald is accused of having anal and oral sex with the victim in the summer and fall of 2009 in the town of Hopkinton, and in February 2010, March 2011 and April 2011 in the village of Potsdam.

He faces a count of first-degree criminal sexual act because he allegedly engaged in anal sex with the victim by forcible compulsion Aug. 2 in the town of Norfolk.

Two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child were levied because he allegedly provided alcohol to the victim during two of the incidents.

The remaining charges are seven counts of criminal sexual act and four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, all felonies.

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

In other St. Lawrence County Court cases Monday:

Allan M. LaPage, 24, of 373 Hurley Road, Brasher, was sentenced to one year in the St. Lawrence County jail. He pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal contempt on June 15.

Mr. LaPage reportedly pushed and shoved his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Zakarauskas, while she was holding a small child April 20.

The behavior violated a no- harassment order of protection in favor of Ms. Zakarauskas issued by Stockholm Town Justice Wayne G. Williams in February.

Mr. LaPage was arrested Aug. 28 and charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment. In that case, he is accused of calling Ms. Zakarauskas several times, violating the order of protection.

Andrew J. Stoddard, 21, Hudson Falls, was sentenced to 45 days in St. Lawrence County jail and five years’ probation and was ordered to pay $85 in restitution.

Mr. Stoddard, who pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance June 20, was accused of selling aprazolam, a depressant, in March 2011 in Potsdam.

Joelle A. Porter, 22, of 1560 Route 37, Hogansburg, was sentenced to one year of interim probation and ordered to pay $13,640 in restitution.

Ms. Porter, who pleaded guilty to felony possession and transportation of unstamped cigarettes June 20, was stopped in May 2011 by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The agents found more than 75 cartons of the contraband in her vehicle.

Steven H. Delosh, 41, of 700 County Route 48, Norwood, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

Mr. Delosh, who pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated on June 22, tested a 0.25 BAC when he was stopped in August 2011 in Norfolk.

Terrance A. Brown, 22, of 23 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, was sentenced to two years’ interim probation.

On June 20, Mr. Brown pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was one of six SUNY Potsdam students accused after a drug raid in May 2011.

If he successfully completes interim probation, Mr. Brown will be allowed to plead to a reduced misdemeanor drug charge on Sept. 2, 2014.

Andrew J. Jacobs, 18, of 809 Main St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of felony fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Mr. Jacobs, who is accused of selling Ecstasy pills to an undercover police source in April 2011 in Ogdensburg, was sentenced to one year of interim probation.

If he successfully completes probation, he will be allowed to plead to a reduced misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as per the plea bargain offered by the St. Lawrence County district attorney.

Mr. Jacobs originally was charged with two counts of felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Joshua R. Hughes, 21, of 101 New York Ave., Apt. 3, Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to felony second-degree burglary and was sent to the St. Lawrence County jail without bail to await further proceedings.

Mr. Hughes allegedly broke into Nicholas M. Fiacco’s home at 50 S. Main St., Norwood, on June 30.

He then is accused of pointing a gun at and demanding money from Mr. Hughes.

After the two allegedly fought, Mr. Fiacco was pushed out of his residence. When he returned, his wallet, reportedly containing $4,550, was missing, police said.

Michael L. Jock, 38, of 141 Roosevelt Road, Massena, and Chanon T. Thompson, 38, of 20 Barnes Road, Hogansburg, both pleaded not guilty to felony possession and transportation of unstamped cigarettes.

They were arrested May 30 in the town of Rossie after a traffic stop, where officers allegedly found more than 30,000 unstamped cigarettes.

Both were released under probation supervision.

Heriberto Cajigas, 36, of 235 Center St., Massena, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony DWI.

Mr. Cajigas is accused of testing a 0.11 percent BAC after he was stopped while traveling July 7 on Barnhart Island Road in Massena. He previously was convicted of DWI in 2005.

Robert C. Thomas Jr., 48, of 6 Bailey Road, Hammond, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony DWI.

Mr. Thomas, who previously was convicted of misdemeanor DWI in 2003, was stopped while traveling on New York Avenue, Ogdensburg, on May 2. He allegedly tested at 0.13 percent BAC.

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