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Liverpool teen sentenced for inappropriate conduct with a 14-year-old


MASSENA - A Liverpool teenager initially charged with having inappropriate contact with another client at Rose Hill has been fined after pleading guilty to attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

Village police had charged Joseph J. Demar, 19, of 4351 Poseidon Circle, Liverpool, with forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an investigation into a Dec. 31 incident involving a 14-year-old male at a residential facility in Massena.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Demar $100 and a $205 surcharge and ordered him to pay $50 to submit his DNA sample to the state database after he pleaded guilty to the reduced count of attempting endangering the welfare of a child.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Kimberly R. White, 50, of 41 Somerset Ave., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 10 hours of community service.

She had been charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

Police said they were attempting to take her teenage son into custody July 22 as part of an investigation into a burglary on Nightengale Avenue when Ms. White informed them they were not arresting her son and reportedly got in the faces of the police officers and started yelling obscenities.

Police said White them moved in front of the officers in an effort to prevent police from making contact with her son.

“You are not arresting my son. You are going to have to get by me,” she reportedly told police, according to court documents.

Police said she was charged with obstruction after she failed to comply with several requests to move. They said when they attempted to take her into custody on that charge she tried to pull away and kicked the officers.

■ Peter Shantie, 34, of 277 Reed Drive, Massena, was placed under a one-year conditional discharge with stipulations there be no further arrests and that he complete any recommended treatment for a second-degree attempted criminal contempt conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

The probation department had recommended in its pre-sentence investigation that Shantie be placed under probation supervision for three years.

Village police had charged Shantie and Alexis N. Gondosch, Massena, with second-degree criminal contempt and unlawful possession of marijuana on Oct. 15, 2012. Police said Gondosch had allowed Shantie to be with her, which violated a temporary order of protection issued by St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris earlier that same day.

■ Edward J. Slade, 23, of 349 County Route 37, Massena, was warned he needed to comply with the conditions of his release under the supervision of the probation department.

Slade and his girlfriend had been charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child following an argument on Feb. 5 with the woman’s parents that turned physical.

Slade reportedly grabbed Perry Hayden and threw him to the ground after he came to the defense of his wife, Bobbie, who had been arguing with the couple. Hayden’s girlfriend reportedly grabbed her mother by the hair and shoved her into a wall.

Court documents indicate the elder Ms. Hayden enraged the couple when she expressed concern that they didn’t have enough formula for their 1-year-old baby.

Mr. Gustafson told Slade he was concerned by a report he had received from the probation department. That uniform court report noted Slade had refused to take a drug test when he had an appointment with his probation officer on Feb. 26.

They also pointed out he had probation supervision revoked in previous cases due to his failure to comply with the terms of his probation supervision and had been released from jail as recently as December due to a resentencing based on a previous violation probation.

“I missed one appointment. I was homeless, but now I’m living with my parents,” he said, noting he had a physician’s appointment later this week to address some of his issues.

Mr. Gustafson adjourned Slade’s case for one week.

“You make sure you go down to the probation office this week and be prepared for a drug test,” he stressed.

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