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Sex offender placed under conditional discharge for failing to report change of address when moving to Massena

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MASSENA - A convicted sex offender who failed to report his new address when he moved into Massena from the Ogdensburg area late last year was ordered to pay $300 in court fees and surcharges and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered Leon L. “Bum” Ellis, 74, of 1 Depot St., Apt. 1, Massena, to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database for a misdemeanor attempted failure to register as a sex offender conviction. Prosecutors had previously made a motion seeking to have a felony failure to register count reduced to a misdemeanor and returned to local court.

Ellis is classified as Level III sex offender, a high risk to commit another sex offense.

Village police had charged Ellis on Jan. 2, alleging he had failed to notify authorities he had been living in Massena for more than two months. State law requires Level III sex offenders to notify authorities within 10 days of an address change.

Ellis, who was listed on the sex offender registry as living on Sand Street in Brier Hill, told police he had moved to 20 Pine St., Massena, at the end of October.

He was sentenced to seven to 14 years in state prison in November 1992 for a first-degree sodomy conviction stemming from an incident involving a 7-year-old boy. He was released after serving 12 years in prison.

Ellis was sentenced to 1 1/2 to 3 years in state prison in April 2006 for a second-degree attempted criminal sexual act conviction. That charge stemmed from an incident involving a mentally disabled 80-year-old male.

He has more than 80 arrests and 50 convictions on his criminal record, court authorities said at the time of his last arrest.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

• Brandon S. Cushing, 27, of 2 Willow St., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

He was found in possession of a switchblade when he was stopped by police at 2:16 a.m. May 17, 2013 during an investigation. They said Cushing told officers he had the knife in his pocket and warned them about the activation button when they removed it from his pocket.

• Shawn L. Beauvais, 40, of 36 Spruce St., Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a third-degree assault charge was reduced to second-degree harassment. Beauvais, who worked as a bouncer at the Hotel Nadeau, allegedly threw Brian Cruz to the ground and punched him during an incident that took place at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 27 outside the bar.

Bar staff said they had approached Mr. Cruz because he was upset after someone had allegedly bumped into him inside the bar and tried to calm him down. Mr. Cruz told police Beauvais had followed him outside, punched him and left him lying in the street.

• Alfred Pritchard, 27, of 249 Pine St., Malone, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. He had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at 12:45 a.m. June 1.

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