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Lewiston teen gets two years probation after pleading guilty to sex abuse, rape charges

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Posted at 10:34 AM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 21:44:18-04

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — An 18-year-old Lewiston teen will not serve jail time after pleading guilty to sex crimes.

At sentencing in Niagara County Court in Lockport on Wednesday, Christopher Belter received a sentence of two years interim probation. If Belter successfully completes probation, he will be granted youthful offender status-- meaning the conviction will no longer be public.

Belter's probation involves the following restrictions:

  • remain in Niagara County
  • have employment or be a full-time student
  • live with parents
  • order of protection by victims
  • no contact with anyone under 18
  • no internet unless given permission by probation
  • no overnight trips
  • no visiting locations where minors are present unless probation agrees
  • random polygraph and drug tests

Last month, Belter pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sex abuse, third-degree attempted abuse and third-degree rape.

The guilty plea stems from an investigation into tip calls of criminal activity at a house on Mountainview Drive in Lewiston. After a state police investigation, Belter's mother, Tricia Vacanti, 47, and her husband, Gary Sullo, 53, were accused of supplying alcohol to minors on at least six occasions, dating back a year and a half. Belter was accused of sexually assaulting 15- and 16-year-old girls.

Christopher Belter was originally charged with first-degree rape, third-degree rape and sexual abuse.