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Sex offender released on own recognizance; parole officer appears with him


MASSENA - A Level III sex offender was released on his own recognizance on a harassment charge following his initial appearance in Massena Town Court.

Massena-based state police had charged Donald A. Bogart, 48, of 229 Trippany Road, Massena, was charged with second-degree harassment following an incident on Jan. 13 at Bob’s Motel, 229 Trippany Road.

Bogart, an office worker at the motel complex, allegedly grabbed Katie M. Mattison, pulled her down into his lap, wrapped his arm around her waist and started rubbing her back when she entered the office to use the wifi. “I got up to leave, and he pulled me onto his lap,” she noted in the statement she provided troopers.

She told police Bogart had been making comments of a sexual nature to her whenever she was in the office since her first appearance on Jan. 7.

Bogart, in his statement to police, proclaimed his innocence and said the allegation had been made after he had evicted Ms. Mattison from her room at the motel for violating the Department of Social Services rules. He said he determined she had a male living in her room with her and shared that information with Department of Social Services.

He said the DoSS had placed Ms. Mattison at the motel on Jan. 7.

“She was not suppose to have anyone else living in her room. I was advised by DoSS to evict her because she was breaking the department’s rules by having a roommate,” he said in his statement, noting he had told the Massena woman she needed to be out of her room by 11 a.m. Jan. 13, a deadline she had failed to meet.

Bogart had been sentenced to four years in a state correctional facility and five years of post-release supervision in May 2006 following his conviction for attempted criminal sexual act with a victim less than 11 years old. He was released from prison in August 2009 and classified as a Level III sex offender, the classification assigned to offenders viewed to be a high risk to commit another sex crime.

His parole officer told Town Justice James Crandall he had never seen Bogart in the presence of minors and said Bogart had never tested positive for alcohol or drugs since being released under community supervision. He also pointed out Bogart has an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, two appointments a month with his parole officer at the village of Massena police station, two home visits each month and one employment visit a month.

Mr. Crandall said he was releasing Bogart on his own recognizance with stipulations he have no contact with Ms. Mattison and engage in no lewd behavior. “I’m going to ROR you because you are on parole and their conditions appear to be very adequate in regards to this situation,” the town justice noted.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Barbara J. Morrow, 68, of 9 Nightengale Ave., Massena, was fined $75 and placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation her dog is not allowed on Massena Central school property after she pleaded guilty to having a dog at large in a plea bargain agreement offered by the village attorney that satisfied a dangerous dog charge.

Morrow reportedly let her dog, “Dolly,” out of her vehicle in he vicinity of Highland Avenue at Churchill Avenue at approximately 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12 and the dog darted after a man running on the John Story Trail, jumped on Dana Paduano’s back and scratched him.

Mr. Crandall said the victim and the village attorney were satisfied with the plea bargain agreement. “The court was dubious this dog was a dangerous dog. But you’ve got to be careful. If there is a dangerous dog hearing, it could have result in a dog being put to sleep,” he said.

Morrow has been charged in the past with having dogs running at large.

In recent court action before Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow:

■ Jacob P. Losey, 23, of 187 East Hatfield St., Massena, was fined $300 and a $260 surcharge after a driving while intoxicated charge was reduced to driving while ability impaired. He was placed under a one-year conditional discharge, and his operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

He had been also been ticketed with having a rear plate obstructed following a traffic stop at 3:03 a.m. Nov. 24, 2011 on state Route 420 in the town of Massena.

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