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Two men face a total of 37 rape charges

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CANTON — A Lewis County man is facing rape charges after allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl more than 30 times.

Joseph R. Clement II, 20, of 7854 Marshey Road, Harrisville pleaded not guilty Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court during arraignment to all 31 counts of rape.

It is alleged that on 31 separate dates from March 5 to May 3, 2012, Mr. Clement engaged in sexual activity with a 12-year-old girl. He would have been 19 at the time of the alleged rapes, according to a grand jury indictment.

In addition to the 31 counts of first-degree rape, a class B felony, he is facing one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

Before St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards sent Clement to be drug tested, Clement’s attorney, Bradford C. Riendeau, said his client told him he previously had been exposed to marijuana smoke by way of friends who had been smoking.

“There is no such thing as a contact high,” Judge Richards said. “If he tests positive for marijuana, it’s not because he was around people who smoked. He has to ingest it.”

Clement subsequently tested positive for marijuana and Judge Richards allowed his continued release on $3,000 bail. A pretrial conference is scheduled for July 8.

Also on Tuesday, Trevor Secore, 19, of 9378 Route 56, Norfolk, pleaded not guilty at arraignment on charges related to having sex with a 14-year-old.

According to an indictment dated June 13, Secore had sex with the minor by forcible compulsion on multiple occasions from last summer to this May. He would have been 18 last summer and the minor 13.

He is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, a class B felony, two counts of second-degree rape, a class D felony, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

He was released under probation supervision and a pretrial discovery motion conference is scheduled for Monday.

Jason Tallman, 45, and Joseph E. Fisher, 43, both of Colton, pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony.

It is alleged that on Feb. 6 both men stole property belonging to Bruce F. Donaldson, Pierrepont, in the form of a 2007 Bombardier snowmobile of a value exceeding $3,000.

Judge Richards sent both men to be drug tested prior to a securing order. Mr. Fisher’s test came back negative and he was released on his own recognizance; however, Mr. Tallman admitted to the judge before going for the test that he had smoked marijuana in the past 30 days. His test came back positive for THC and he was released under probation supervision. Pretrial discovery motion conference dates were set for Monday for Mr. Fisher and July 8 for Mr. Tallman.

Danny J. Mashaw, 49, Morristown, pleaded guilty to a reduced count of third-degree attempted burglary, a class E felony.

Mr. Mashaw was jailed without bail after he allegedly broke into the Parkway Express store at Route 37 in Morristown on March 31. He told Judge Richards that he entered the Parkway Express store that night and made off with cigarettes.

Sentencing was set for Sept. 9 and he was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

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