By SUSAN MENDE
CANTON - A Belleville man who last month admitted having oral sex with a 9-year-old girl was sentenced Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to seven years in state prison after a judge refused to withdraw his guilty plea.
Andrew D. Ayen, 23, of 8143 Route 289, told County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards he was pressured by his attorney, Seth B. Buchman, Three Mile Bay, to plead guilty June 8 to first-degree attempted criminal sexual act, as jury selection for his trial was to begin.
"I want to go to trial. I was pressured," Mr. Ayen told Judge Richards.
But Judge Richards said he believed that no undue pressure was put on Mr. Ayen and that his guilty plea to the Class C violent felony was knowingly and voluntarily made of his own free will.
"I'm going to be blunt with you," Judge Richards said. "You have a problem. The classic thing about sex offenders is denial. You are a sex offender and you want to deny it."
He warned Mr. Ayen that he faces the risk of spending the rest of his life in either prison or civil confinement if he doesn't address his problem.
The sexual contact allegedly took place in the spring of 2007 in the town of Morristown.
Besides seven years behind bars, Mr. Ayen was placed on five years post-release supervision and ordered to pay $1,370 in fees and surcharges.
In other court action, John M. Radloff, 64, of 3939 county Route 17, Dekalb Junction, was sentenced to three years conditional discharge for his conviction of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
He was also ordered to pay $375 in fees and surcharges. Mr. Radloff was accused of having 12.3 pounds of marijuana Sept. 10 in the town of Dekalb.
Gaetan P. Rochefort, 57, of 109 Daly Road, Brasher Falls, was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to pay $1,570 in fines and surcharges and had his driver's license revoked.
He pleaded guilty April 22 to third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a Class E felony, and driving while ability impaired, a Class A misdemeanor.
Mr. Rochefort was accused of having four large garbage bags containing more than 10 pounds of marijuana in his truck that were discovered by state police April 2, 2009 after he crashed his vehicle into guard rails on Route 56, Norfolk.
Barry M. Horne, 65, of 633 Emeryville Road, Gouverneur, pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl in late November or early December. He was released under probation supervision.
He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony and endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor.
Jermaine M. Kidd, 35, of 5338 Route 56, Potsdam, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a Class A misdemeanor. He allegedly choked his wife, Kelly Bonnar-Kidd, and pulled out a .38-caliber revolver during a May 11 fight.
Allen L. McBroom, 40, of 152 Grove St., Gouverneur, was placed on three years probation for his conviction of felony driving while intoxicated after successfully completing one-year interim probation. He was also ordered to pay $1,395 in fines and surcharges and his driver's license was revoked.
Steven M. Johnson,34, of 600 Spinnerville-Gulf Road, Ilion, was sentenced to five years probation for his conviction of third-degree criminal possession of marijuana. He was also ordered to pay $375 in fines and surcharges. His probation supervision was transferred to Herkimer County Probation Department.