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Potsdam man gets 11 years on rape charges

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CANTON — A Potsdam man has been ordered to serve 11 years in state prison for the repeated rape of a 15-year-old girl at gunpoint.

Gregory E. Brown Jr., 27, of 509 Raquette Road, was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for third-degree rape, a class E felony, and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C violent felony.

Brown had sexual contact with the girl, then 15, from August to October 2011. According to the indictment, those encounters included “forcible compulsion” during which he displayed a gun.

Brown had faced a maximum of 95 years in prison on the six counts brought against him by a St. Lawrence County grand jury on March 7.

On Sept. 11, he accepted a deal struck between St. Lawrence County Public Defender Stephen D. Button and Assistant District Attorney Viacheslav Mareyev, wherein he pleaded guilty to the two felonies.

County Judge Jerome J. Richards made a commitment to Brown at the time of his guilty plea that he would face a total of nine years in prison, determinate, on both charges, if he complied with the rules of the jail while he was awaiting sentencing.

On Sept. 13, Brown was charged with felony second-degree assault after he struck another inmate in the face.

Judge Richards said he was no longer bound by his commitment and sentenced Brown to the two additional years.

In addition to his prison sentence, Brown was ordered to pay $3,296.05 in restitution and $1,025 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

In other court action Monday:

Joshua J. Love, 22, of 81 Chase St., Massena, was sentenced to 3 years in state prison for third-degree rape, a class E felony.

Love was arrested April 25 by state police on charges that he provided alcohol to a 16-year-old girl Jan. 11 or 12 in the village of Massena and engaged in intercourse and oral sex with her when she became intoxicated.

He also was ordered to pay $1,425 in fines, fees and surcharges.

Nicholas A. Steenkamer, 20, of 525 E. Hayward St., Ogdensburg, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal sex act and two counts of second-degree rape, all class D felonies.

It is alleged that during August and on Sept. 25, in the city, he engaged in oral sexual contact and sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

He was released under probation supervision.

Alex J. Amyot, 38, of 1900 Route 345, Madrid, was sentenced to 1 to three years in state prison for fourth-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, as a second felony offender.

Mr. Amyot stole more than $3,000 worth of metal railway-related items belonging to Thomas Fiacco between Aug. 12 and 28, 2012, in the town of Potsdam. He also was ordered to pay $1,296 in restitution.

On July 28, 2008, Mr. Amyot was convicted of driving while intoxicated, a class E felony, and served one year in St. Lawrence County jail on that conviction.

Andrew F. White, 25, of 46 Sterling St., Gouverneur, was sentenced to 240 days in St. Lawrence County jail after his Aug. 19 guilty plea to second-degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor.

Mr. White disregarded a no-harassment order for Natalie Besaw, issued June 5 by Gouverneur Town Justice John W. Riordan. Mr. White had an altercation with the woman July 23 over a pack of cigarettes, Judge Richards said.

Judge Richards also ordered Mr. White to pay $250 in court fines, fees and surcharges.

Additionally, Mr. White pleaded guilty to violating a five-year probation sentence imposed April 26, 2012, for an attempted-burglary conviction. He was released under probation supervision in that matter.

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