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Massena man returned to county jail after apearance on criminal contempt charge


MASSENA - A Massena man was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $500 cash following an appearance in Massena Village Court.

Village police charged Corbey A. Terrance, 23, of 14 Church St., Apt. 2, Massena, with second-degree criminal contempt at 9:40 p.m. Monday. Terrance allegedly violated a stay away order of protection on Aug. 14 issued by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson on July 14. Terrance allegedly had contact with the protected party, a 16-year-old female, on Aug. 14 at the Massena Creative Playground.

The order of protection had been issued after Terrance had been charged with third-degree criminal sexual act. Terrance reportedly had sexual contact with the 16-year-old female on June 25.

The charge alleged Terrance was 21 or older when he had sexual contact with a victim under 17 years of age. The teenager had told police investigators she had been dating Terrance since the fall of 2013 and acknowledged her parents were upset when they found out about the relationship due to the age difference.

Terrance had been sentenced to 15 days in the county jail and placed under probation supervision for three years for a petit larceny conviction in February.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson said the probation department had also filed a declaration of delinquency with the court noting his recent arrests had violated the conditions of his probationary supervision, including a stipulation he commit no further offenses.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby entered a not guilty plea on her client’s behalf on the criminal contempt count and asked the court to either reduce Terrance’s bail to $250 or release him from custody.

She said her client lived with his mother, worked for a local produce operation and had limited reading comprehension.

Mr. Gustafson indicated he didn’t feel either of the options suggested by the defense attorney were appropriate.

“He’s got quite a set of problems building up. Unfortunately I don’t see where Mr. Terrance has shown any ability to follow the directions of the court,” the village justice said.

He said he was going to continue bail at $500 and adjourn the case until Sept. 9 for status.

“I don’t want him sitting in jail forever, but I don’t see any good in releasing him until there is some understanding that he will follow the court’s orders,” Mr. Gustafson added.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

• Emily N. Lashomb, 22, of 8766 state Route 56, Raymondville, was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of her DNA to the state database for a third-degree forgery conviction. She previously made restitution of $473.85.

Village police had charged Lashomb with fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of petit larceny Sept. 10 at the Massena Walmart store.

Lashomb, an associate at Walmart prior to her termination after the incident, reportedly used a debit card left at the store by a 75-year-old customer on Sept. 5 and used it on two separate occasions that day to purchase items.

She reportedly initially used the card to purchase two packages of cigarettes and a lighter. She later purchased a Playstation 3, Playstation 3 controllers and two Playstation games with the debit card. The merchandise was valued at $424.84.

Norma McGregor told police she had been unsuccessful swiping her debit card so she gave it to the associate, who reportedly failed to return it to her. Walmart loss prevention associates told police a review of video showed Lashomb had taken the debit card from the card reader and placed it next to her register. Moments later she reportedly placed the card in her pants pocket.

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