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Brasher Falls man given Level 1 sex offender status for child-porn possession


CANTON — A Brasher Falls man was designated a Level 1 sex offender Tuesday after an April 15 guilty plea to child-pornography charges.

Mark A. Nezezon, 63, of 1002 County Route 53, Brasher Falls, pleaded guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually-motivated felony.

As a Level 1 registered sex offender, Nezezon is considered a low risk of repeat offense. He was not designated as a sexual predator, sexually violent offender or predicate sex offender.

A designation, along with the risk level, governs the duration of the registration.

Nezezon must register for 20 years. Had he received one of the three additional designations, he would have been required to register for life.

In April, Nezezon admitted to the judge that, in August of 2012, he promoted and possessed movies showing a boy under the age of 17 engaged in sexual activity.

He was arrested by St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies on Oct. 17, 2012, and was sentenced to 10 years of probation on July 22.

In addition to his sex offender risk assessment, he was ordered to pay $1,425 in court fines, fees and surcharges

In other court action Friday:

Donovan L. Cunningham, 45, of 3504 County Route 14, Madrid, was sentenced to five years of probation Friday after a June 12, 2012, guilty plea to aggravated driving while intoxicated charge.

On July 2, 2011, Mr. Cunningham was accused of operating a motor vehicle on County Route 14 with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent. Under state law, having a BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered intoxicated. Jacob Cunningham, then 11, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time. Mr. Cunningham also had a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years.

Mr. Cunningham had been sentenced to one year of interim probation after his June 2012 guilty plea; however, because he failed to report to probation officers on multiple occasions as well as other failures to comply with probation conditions, Mr. Cunningham was not granted credit for his one year served.

If he had completed it successfully, he would have been granted credit for the year and sentenced to an additional four years of probation.

Mr. Cunningham also was ordered to pay $1,520 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Timothy A. Wilson, 42, of 50 George St., Massena, was brought to court on a warrant and remanded to St. Lawrence County jail without bail after multiple failures to comply with probation conditions.

Mr. Wilson pleaded guilty to a felony DWI on April 30, 2012, and since that time has tested positive for cocaine and THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, according to a probation report.

Additionally, Mr. Wilson reportedly attended an event at the Massena Rod and Gun Club, where there is a bar that serves alcohol. As a part of the terms and conditions of his probation sentence, he was not to enter establishments that serve alcohol.

Sentencing was adjourned to Sept. 9 at 9:15 a.m.

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