FORCIBLE TOUCHING - CANTON - St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department deputies charged Joshua J. Henderson, 24, formerly of Massena, and currently incarcerated at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching and a second-degree harassment violation.
Deputies said Henderson allegedly entered another inmates cell, pushed the victim to the floor, reached down the victims pants and grabbed intimate parts.
Henderson was issued an appearance ticket on the new charges.
The former Massena man was sentenced to time served in mid-June after pleading guilty to attempted fourth-degree criminal mischief in a plea bargain agreement that settled other charges pending in village court last week.
But his freedom was short lived. He was arrested on new charges June 26 and was sent back to the county jail.
Henderson, then listing an address of 76 Roosevelt Road, Apt. E, Hogansburg, was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge when he was sentenced on the attempted criminal mischief conviction. He had been charged with third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a noxious material at 12:08 a.m. May 26 on East Orvis Street and held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond since that time.
But Hendersons freedom was short lived. Village police picked up Henderson on an arrest warrant held by Potsdam Village Police at 2:37 p.m. June 26 when he was parked on East Orvis Street. The warrant charges Henderson with possession of noxious materials when he allegedly pepper sprayed Codi Burke during an April incident at McDuffs in Potsdam.
Police said while taking Henderson into custody on the warrant they saw a large silver dagger sticking out from under the front seat of his vehicle. He was charged with a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He was arraigned on the felony charge by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Police said the earlier charges stemmed from a dispute with his former paramour, Alanna Cruz, on May 24. They said Henderson allegedly raised a closed fist before he was pushed away by Ms. Cruz. He then allegedly pepper sprayed her. When Ms. Cruz attempted to file a complaint with police, Henderson reportedly broke her phone.