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Several facing sex crime charges in County Court

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 September 2019 at 2:52 pm

ALBION – The Orleans County Court docket this morning included several cases involving charges of sex abuse against children.

An Albion man appeared in court to have his bail set by Judge Sanford Church. Jarred Hodgins, 31, faces three counts of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree criminal sex act.

Hodgins allegedly had sexual intercourse with an underage female in Carlton. He has two prior felonies involving drug charges.

“The charges in this case are completely contrary to anything he has been arrested for in the past,” said Joanne Best, the public defender.

She asked Church to set bail at $500, so Hodgins could afford it and continue to work at his job.

Church instead set bail at $20,000.

• An Albion man faces up to 10 years in state prison as part of a plea offer from District Attorney Joe Cardone.

Herbert Sewar, 54, faces first-degree course of sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with an underage female from 2005 to 2010. Sewar was given time to consider the plea.

• An 18-year-old man from Ridgeway pleaded guilty to attempted rape in the first degree and could face up to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

The man could be eligible for youthful offender, which would seal his record. His name also shouldn’t be published.

The man today in court admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old girl. He will be sentenced on Nov. 25. He remains in jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

• A 19-year-old man from Lyndonville pleaded guilty to attempted rape in the second degree. The man was 18 when he said he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

The judge could give him youthful offender status and seal his record.

The man faces a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 25. He remains free on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

• In another case, the judge set bail at $5,000 for Dennis S. Biaselli, 45, of Albion.

He was charged after a car accident on Tuesday morning, when he struck a utility pole on Zig Zag Road. He allegedly fled the scene but then returned to get his car.

Biaselli faces charges of felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed operation, no license, leaving the scene of a property damage crash and using a car without a court-ordered Interlock device.

Biaselli has two prior felonies and 11 prior misdemeanors, Cardone said.

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