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Sentencing delayed for Lewiston teen

Posted at 8:23 PM, Aug 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-18 15:49:43-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — It was sentencing day in Niagara County Court for the Lewiston teen who pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes when he was 18.

The teen has been on a strict probation program since taking the plea deal in the summer of 2019. If completed with no fault, he would avoid jail time and be granted youthful offender status, meaning he would not have to register as a sex offenders.

Youthful offenders in New York State are not required to register as sex offenders, because if a person is granted youthful offender status, their records are not available to the public.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story published the teen's name. Due to updated guidance from Niagara County Court as of October 18, 7 Eyewitness News has removed his name.

Wednesday, a Niagara County Court Judge was unable to begin sentencing, citing newly discovered evidence that the teen did violate parts of his interim probation, including bypassing security measures by probation on his computer to view sexual material.

There was also an allegation made in court that the teen had access to a computer to Venmo a family member money for a gram of marijuana, which would be another violation of his interim probation.

The judge says the teen has “not been completely compliant” with the strict probation.

One of the victims of rape also spoke in court, describing her horrific experience with the teen saying he was “a fire that raged through acres of our lives.”

The victim says when she was 16, she trusted that justice would be served, and she doesn’t believe it has. She pleaded with the judge saying “you have the ability to put this fire out, or let it keep burning.”

The teen’s interim probation status ends on Saturday, but the judge granted an extension until the next court date in September.

The teen’s attorney, Barry Covert argued his client has been completely compliant with the probation guidelines.

Another hearing is scheduled for September 20.