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MASSENA - A Massena man who recently spent time in jail for allegedly violating an order of protection is again behind bars after allegedly doing so again through text messages, Facebook messages and a telephone conversation.

Allan M. LaPage, 24, of 351 East Orvis St. was charged on Sunday with one count of first-degree criminal contempt. A preliminary hearing on the case was held before Acting Village Justice Gerald P. Sharlow, who ruled there was enough evidence for the case to move forward to county court.

Following his arraignment Sunday morning, LaPage was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail. Judge Sharlow again denied bail and LaPage remains at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

LaPage’s latest alleged offense stems from an incident that began on Facebook, when the alleged victim, Michelle L. Zakarauskas of Massena, was notified to check and “old” page she had on the site.

“On Friday March 29, 2013 sometime in the morning I was at Walmart,” she said. “When I was outside two people I know came up to me and told me to check my old Facebook. I am afraid to use their names.”

After returning home Ms. Zakarauskas said she logged on to check her old Facebook page.

“I saw that it had been changed and that it was made into a Fake Facebook,” she said. “I saw a conversation between two people acting like they knew what was happening between me and Allan.”

As she was logged on to the “fake page,” Ms. Zakarauskas said she initiated a conversation with LaPage pretending to be “Makayla.”

“Allan was talking to me like I was a fake person, but then he said, ‘I already know Makayla,’ or something like that,” she recalled. “I then stopped talking to him. I got off for a little bit and when I got back on I saw that the conversation went on like we were talking back and forth, but I had never responded.”

Ms. Zakarauskas said she again responded and was asked to text him.

“I texted him and said, ‘Hi.’ He replied and said, ‘No names mentioned.’ On Saturday 3/30 we texted all day back and forth,” she said. “He texted me saying I was still his girlfriend and about how I put him in jail. That is what most of the conversation was about and how he said that I hurt him.”

Ms. Zakarauskas said that LaPage also spoke about his time in jail, noting he was transferred out of the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

“He said that he got transferred to Clinton County and that it was the best time he had in jail,” she recalled. “He told me that he protected my Uncle Pat when he was in jail. He said that he had talked to Brian Doman in jail.”

The conversation then took a turn.

“He then texted, ‘Who is this?’ I said, ‘Huh?’” she said, noting he then sent her a text with the phone number of her current boyfriend.

“He acted like he was mad at me and said your f***ing boyfriend is messaging me and asked how he had access to my stuff. I got scared and panicked,” she said, noting she told LaPage it was OK, because her boyfriend thought his number belonged to another friend of hers.

Ms. Zakarauskas said they then began talking on the phone.

“He told me that he was not going to prison again and that I was not worth it,” she said. “We talked on the phone for about five or 10 minutes. I told Allan that I was going to get off the phone and he said bye and that he loved me.”

The conversation didn’t end there though.

Ms. Zakarauskas said it was only about a minute or so before she received another text message from LaPage, this time about her current boyfriend.

“I don’t remember what it was about though,” she said. “We kept talking back and forth for about 20 minutes. He then said he was going to bed and told me to call him in the morning. We stopped talking Saturday night at about 9 or 10 p.m.”

Prior to Sunday morning though, Ms. Zakarauskas would go to the police to report the conversations to them.

“I am scared of Allan and afraid of what might happen if he goes to prison,” she said, “I am afraid of what other people might do because of it.”

In a deposition Village Police Ptl. Andy Richards noted that LaPage told him he knew Makayla was actually Ms. Zakarauskas “because of the things she was saying.”

Ptl. Richards also noted that LaPage said Ms. Zakarauskas called him that Saturday night.

“I asked him why he did not hang up when he heard that it was Michelle’s voice and he replied, ‘Because I am stupid and that is why I am here,’” Mr. Richards recalled, noting that LaPage refused to give a statement on the incident.

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