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Watertown man faces prison term for sexual contact with minor

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A Watertown man faces 3 years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he forcibly tried to have sexual contact with a 12-year-old boy.

Zachary T. Remington, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal sex act. He admitted that he used force to have sexual contact with the youth in the town of Ellisburg. In addition to a prison term, he is expected to be ordered at sentencing March 15 to undergo 10 years of additional supervision upon his release and to register with the state as a sex offender.

In other court activity:

Rondal J. Byrd, 24, New York City, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He admitted that he possessed crack cocaine with the intention of selling the drug in June at a town of Pamelia motel. Police said at the time of his arrest that 89 bags of crack were seized from his motel room. He is expected to be sentenced March 15 to two years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision.

Charles R. Warner, 61, Theresa, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny. He admitted that he stole more than $3,000 by cashing bogus checks at Citizens Bank in the town of Orleans. Police said at the time of his arrest that he opened two accounts at the bank using fictitious names and then deposited checks in the amounts of about $42,000 and $31,000, which were processed, with the money then being withdrawn by Mr. Warner and the bulk of it being forwarded to a contact in Nigeria as part of an Internet scam. He is expected to be sentenced April 15 to five years’ probation and to be ordered to pay restitution.

Harvey L. McCrae, 40, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree identity theft as a result of one case and first-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from a second incident. He was accused Oct. 26 of possessing a debit card stolen from Amy J. Ramsey, Watertown, and using it to withdraw more than $500 from her account. He was accused Nov. 20 of violating an order of protection held by Natosha S. Butts by striking her in the face in the presence of a 2-year-old child. He is due to be sentenced April 25.

Dustin J. Pridell, 25, Watertown, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also admitted violating probation. Further information about the crimes was not available from the court. He is expected to be sentenced April 2 to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and be restored to probation for three years.

Shawn L. Exford, 21, Watertown, admitted violating probation and was resentenced to nine months in the PSB, with credit for time served. He was serving three years’ probation imposed in December 2011 for a second-degree criminal trespass conviction. He admitted violating probation by continuing to use illegal substances while under supervision and by being charged with menacing in July.

Joseph Matt, 31, now incarcerated at Riverview Correctional Facility, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty by mail to second-degree promoting prison contraband. He was charged in July with possessing a metal soup can lid while incarcerated at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility. He was sentenced to time served.

Stephen N. Palmer II, 37, Gouverneur, was sentenced to five years’ probation and a $1,500 fine after pleading guilty Jan. 4 to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted that he drove while intoxicated April 15 on Interstate 81 in the town of Orleans after having been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in City Court in 2004. He also was ordered to perform 30 days of community service, had his driver’s license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates. His probation supervision will be transferred to St. Lawrence County.

Sarah J. Kampnich, 34, Watertown, was sentenced to six months’ time served at the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 17 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. She admitted that, with another, she tried to sell cocaine April 3 within the county.

Halley F. Crosbie, 27, Watertown, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty Jan. 2 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She admitted that she tried to possess heroin with the intention of selling the drug July 7 in Watertown.

Ashley D. Fifield, 27, Gouverneur, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a one-third share of $11,961 in restitution after pleading guilty Dec. 19 to third-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that sometime in July, with others, he tried to enter a storage building on County Route 30 in the town of Philadelphia with the intention of stealing something.

Chelsea D. Sheehy, 20, formerly of Watertown, now living in Ohio, was sentenced to five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 19 to third-degree attempted burglary. She admitted that on Oct. 30, she and others tried to enter the home of Jacob J. Traynor on James Street in Clayton with the intention of stealing something. Police said at the time that heroin was taken from the residence. Her probation supervision will be transferred to Ohio.

Sheamus C. Broderick, 22, Clifton Park, Saratoga County, formerly of Fort Drum, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $350 in restitution after pleading guilty Nov. 27 to third-degree attempted burglary as a result of one incident and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of a second incident. He admitted that on March 13, he tried to break into the High Life, 22220 Route 11, town of Pamelia, with the intention of stealing “Spice,” or synthetic marijuana. He also admitted that later the same day, he used a tire iron to damage a door at Trip on the Wild Side, 671 Mill St., also in an attempt to get Spice.

Robert E. Grandjean, 25, Rodman, was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty Jan. 4 to misdemeanor DWI. He admitted driving while intoxicated Sept. 1 on Dry Hill Road in the town of Watertown. He also had his driver’s license revoked and is subject to the interlock provision.

Calvin E. Williams, 55, Watertown, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty Jan. 2 to third-degree assault. He admitted that on Aug. 23, he struck and injured his roommate, Corey D. Ramsey, causing a cut on the victim’s head requiring stitches to close.

Janice M. O’Dell, 27, Ellisburg, had two counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband dismissed and was granted one-year adjournments in contemplation of dismissal on counts of second-degree promoting prison contraband and official misconduct. She had been accused in a grand jury indictment handed up in June of providing an inmate at the PSB with a cigarette and a lighter while she was working as a corrections officer in September 2011 and with providing a lighter to an inmate in April. If she stays out of legal trouble for the next year, the remaining two charges will be dismissed.

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