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Former Evans Mills fire chief faces prison term for sex with teenager

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A former Evans Mills fire chief faces two years in state prison after admitting Friday in Jefferson County Court that he had a sexual relationship with a teenager.

Shawn R. Rutmanis, 43, of 714 Stonewood Drive, Apt. B, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual act. He admitted that between February and July 2008 he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl under the age of 17. Police said at the time of his arrest that the incidents occurred when the girl 15 and 16 years old.

In addition to a prison term, he is expected to be ordered at sentencing April 1 to undergo an additional five years of supervision and register with the state as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

In other court activity:

Richard J. Sanders Jr., 22, no fixed address, but whose last address was 707 Alexandria St., Carthage, pleaded guilty to second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

He admitted that between February 2005 and June 2009 in Carthage he engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child under the age of 11. He is expected to be sentenced April 16 to six months in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and 10 years’ probation.

Adam M. Aviste, 19, of 28856 Route 342, Black River, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny. He admitted that on Aug. 27 in the town of Lyme he stole a credit card, an iPad and money.

He also admitted that he stole a credit card the following day in the town of LeRay. He is expected to be sentenced April 2 to five years’ probation and be ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay $2,127 in restitution.

Jamal R. Gholston, 18, Watertown, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted burglary. He admitted that on Nov. 26, with another, he tried to enter the Route 65 residence of Bernard J. Tufo with the intent to steal something. He is expected to be sentenced March 26 to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation and be ordered to pay $440 in restitution.

Matthew V. Belcher, 25, Watertown, was sentenced to 2 years in prison, followed by two years’ post-release supervision, after pleading guilty Jan. 9 to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He admitted that he tried to sell cocaine June 6 in Watertown. He was sentenced as a second felony offender, having been convicted in County Court in September 2009 of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance and being sentenced in October 2009 to two years in prison.

Jeremy F. Snyder, 29, of 7958 Cobb Road, Copenhagen, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty Jan. 6 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree attempted criminal sale of a firearm.

He admitted that on April 1 in the town of Champion he possessed a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle with the intent to sell it. It was illegal for him to possess the gun because was convicted of third-degree burglary in Lewis County Court in 2011.

The sentence will run concurrently with a 1- to 3-year sentence imposed Feb. 7 in Lewis County Court after he pleaded guilty there Dec. 6 to fourth-degree grand larceny. He was accused of stealing a gun belonging to George Rauch on April 1 in the town of Watson. He was sentenced as a second felony offender based on the 2011 burglary conviction.

Derrick G. Edmondson, 29, whose last known address was 516 Stone St., upper apartment, was sentenced to 10 months in the PSB, with credit for an unspecified amount of time served, after pleading guilty Dec. 3 to criminal obstruction of breathing.

He was named in an indictment handed up in April with applying pressure to the throat of Megan S. Witt, causing her “to go into a state of stupor” on Feb. 28 in Watertown.

Justin M. Kirby, 24, whose last known address was 101 E. Main St., Brownville, was sentenced to nine months in the PSB after pleading guilty Nov. 4 to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted that he threatened Courtney L. Jobson and Shannon C. Casler with an ax on May 18 in the 100 block of Duffy Street.

Kevin M. Cruz, 19, Bronx, was sentenced to six months in the PSB and five years’ probation after pleading guilty Dec. 13 to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with possessing heroin with the intent to sell the drug Nov. 14 after the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force executed a search warrant 1107 Academy St. His probation supervision will be transferred to Bronx County.

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