2 decline plea offers and will go to trial

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Brockport man charged with felony sex crimes; Medina woman accused of drug charges

ALBION – Two people facing numerous felony charges rejected plea offers this week and will go to trial this summer in Orleans County Court.

A 28-year-old Brockport man faces numerous counts of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act and other charges. Matthew M. Edwards of West Ridge Road was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Jan. 5.

He is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in the Village of Holley between July 4 and Aug. 30. Edwards also allegedly provided the girl with drugs and alcohol, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is in Orleans County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Edwards faces 20 counts of second-degree rape, 14 counts of criminal sexual act in the second degree, five counts of unlawful dealing with a child in the first degree and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

He will go to trial on Aug. 26.

In another case, a Medina woman will go to trial beginning on July 15.

Erika H. Poole, 34, of Church Street faces three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree.

Poole was arrested in February 2014 for three of the drug charges. Her husband, Brenton Poole, also was arrested on Feb. 12, 2014. He was sentenced to five years in state prison last June for attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Mrs. Poole was arrested again on July 18 for allegedly possessing cocaine.