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A Watertown man faces jail time and probation after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that he tried to send obscene material to a 13-year-old girl.

Travis J. Berger, 29, whose last known address was 711 Griffin St., pleaded guilty to attempted dissemination of indecent materials to a minor, admitting that on June 5 he tried to send the materials to a child with whom he had communicated online.

He is expected to be sentenced Dec. 4 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and 10 years’ probation. He also will be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

In other court activity:

Anthony J. Holmes, 34, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal contempt. He entered his plea using an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit to the facts underlying the case, but did not want to risk taking the matter to trial and being found guilty of a felony.

Assistant District Attorney Walter M. Jeram Jr. told Judge Kim H. Martusewicz that, had the matter proceeded to trial, prosecutors would have put forth evidence that Mr. Holmes violated a Family Court order of protection held by Pearl A. Hunt by subjecting her to unwanted physical contact March 2 in Watertown. Mr. Holmes subsequently was sentenced to seven months’ time served at the PSB.

Robert C. Copestick II, 46, Watertown, was arraigned on a bench warrant alleging that he violated his Drug Court contract by absconding from the program’s supervision and a sealed grand jury indictment containing a count of second-degree bail jumping. Mr. Copestick was referred to Drug Court in April 2010 following a guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. It is alleged in the indictment that he failed to show up for a mandated Drug Court appearance March 17, 2011, or at any point thereafter.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge contained in the indictment and entered a denial of the Drug Court violation. He was ordered held at the PSB without bail on the alleged violation, while bail was set at $20,000 on the bail-jumping charge, although Judge Martusewicz said the bail amount was likely “moot” given the lack of bail on the violation.

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