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Black River woman facing second child sexual abuse indictment; trial canceled

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A Black River woman scheduled to go on trial next week in Jefferson County Court on a 52-count indictment alleging she sexually abused two boys had her trial canceled Thursday when a new, separate 19-count indictment was unsealed against her.

Nicole E. Hargis, 30, now additionally is charged with 17 counts of third-degree sexual abuse and single counts of second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. It is alleged that in 2007 and 2008 she had sexual contact with a boy under the age of 15.

Hargis already was facing two counts each of predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, as well as 36 counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, four counts of third-degree rape, three counts each of third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of second-degree rape. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Sept. 3 in County Court.

That indictment alleges that starting in the fall of 2007 and ending sometime in October 2008, she engaged in two or more sexual acts with a female child, starting when the girl was about 11. It also alleges that from September 2007 to March 2010, she engaged in two or more sexual acts with a second girl, starting when the child was 10, and during the spring of 2011 she had sexual intercourse with a boy about 15. It is not known if the alleged victim in that case is the same youth who is alleged to have been abused in the indictment handed up Thursday.

Hargis pleaded guilty April 19 in County Court to single counts of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child stemming from charges contained in the first indictment. She initially was scheduled to be sentenced June 17 to 10 years’ probation and be ordered to register with the state as a sex offender.

However, on the day of sentencing she withdrew her plea, sending the matter to the grand jury for consideration. At the time of her plea, she had admitted that she had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old boy in June 2012 in the town of LeRay and that she had sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the summer of 2006.

She has been on pretrial release since her guilty plea in April and Judge Kim H. Martusewicz continued that status Thursday.

In other court activity, an indictment was unsealed charging Joshua L. Bogart, 24, Watertown, with two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged that he sold heroin in mid-October and again in late October. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $5,000 bail.

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