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Hammond man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old in 50-count indictment

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CANTON — A Hammond man was indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury Monday on 49 felony counts for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child between the summer of 2013 and February.

Robert M. Petrie Jr., 44, of 6 Bailey Road, is charged with 24 counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, 24 counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, all felonies, and an additional class-A misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of child.

Each count of predatory sexual assault against a child, which is an A-II felony, carries a 25-years-to-life prison sentence.

Petrie was arrested March 25 by St. Lawrence County sheriff’s investigators and charged with one count of first-degree criminal sex act. Morristown Town Justice James T. Phillips sent him to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.

According to the 26-page indictment, Petrie allegedly engaged in sex acts with the child in the town of Macomb on weekends in June, July and August of 2013, during Thanksgiving Day weekend, “on or about winter break soon after Jan. 1” and during weekends in February.

Following the indictment, county District Attorney Mary E. Rain issued a news release calling the alleged acts “reprehensible.”

“These types of crimes demand that the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office send a swift and forceful message that those who prey on helpless children will be held accountable for their actions,” Ms. Rain said. “Keeping the children of St. Lawrence County safe is a top priority for my office. Getting these types of predators off the streets is the first step in achieving this goal.”

Petrie is still being held in county jail on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond, awaiting arraignment on the additional charges.

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