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CANTON — A Massena woman convicted of a felony attempted sex act in 2009 was sentenced in St. Lawrence County Court to jail for violations of probation.

Angela M. Lavare, 33, was sentenced to 330 days in county jail after she admitted to multiple violations of a 10-year probation sentence imposed Jan. 5, 2009, after her conviction of second-degree criminal sex act, a class E felony.

She was accused of providing alcohol to three underage drinkers, having oral sex with an underage girl and giving marijuana to a 14-year-old boy in December 2008.

Ms. Lavare told County Judge Jerome J. Richards that on April 22, she refused to provide pay stubs and contact information from her employer when asked by probation officials; failed to provide names and specific ages of children of family and friends with whom she wanted to have contact, and told probation officials that although she had been ordered to stay away from children under the age of 17, she had been having contact with them and had no intention of stopping.

Judge Richards accepted her admission, vacated her probation sentence and sent her to county jail.

In other court action Thursday:

Christopher J. Sharp, 24, of 1 Ann St., Norfolk, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mr. Sharp was arrested by the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force on Oct. 9 following a traffic stop on Route 36 in the town of Louisville where a sheriff’s department K-9 unit and deputies said a free air sniff of the vehicle’s exterior led to the discovery of 21 packets of heroin.

No sentence date was scheduled, and Mr. Sharp was returned to St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail.

Jose A. Medina, 33, Rochester, was placed on one year of interim probation for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. If he is successful he will earn the opportunity to be sentenced to five years’ probation.

Mr. Medina pleaded guilty to the charge on May 9, 2013, for the sale of crack cocaine in Ogdensburg and entered into the county drug court’s Judicial Diversion Program, from which he graduated Thursday with congratulations from Judge Richards.

“”You made it through the program fairly directly and with no violations,” Judge Richards said. “You accepted what is necessary to remain substance abuse free. I’m confident that you made the right commitment and will continue to do so.”

Mr. Medina originally was facing 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation, said his attorney, Public Defender Stephen D. Button.

“He could have taken the easy way out, pleaded guilty and done his prison time, but that wouldn’t have fixed his substance abuse problem,” Mr. Button said. “Instead he took the hard road by taking the program, which creates a great opportunity to produce contributing members of society.”

In addition to his probation placement, Mr. Medina was ordered to pay restitution of $100. Final sentencing is scheduled for June 2.

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