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Two plead guilty to child-porn charges in St. Lawrence County


CANTON — Two men pleaded guilty to child-pornography charges in unrelated cases Monday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Edward Torres, 20, pleaded guilty to seven counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child in connection with the possession and distribution of possessing and sharing movies that included sexual performances by girls under the age of 17.

Torres’ address was listed as Knowles North 121, Potsdam, at the time of his arrest. The incidents to which he pleaded guilty on Monday took place on March 26, 2012.

Following an appearance before Judge Jerome J. Richards, Torres was committed to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail pending sentencing on July 22.

In a separate case, Mark A. Nezezon, 63, of 1002 County Route 53, Brasher, pleaded guilty to attempting to promote a sexual performance by a child as a sexually-motivated felony. Nezezon admitted to the judge that in August he promoted and possessed movies showing a boy under the age of 17 engaged in sexual activity.

Nezezon was released under probation supervision Monday pending sentencing on July 22.

In other court action Monday:

Anthony M. Montoya, 21, Gouverneur, was sent back to the jail without bail after his sentencing in a theft case was adjourned.

Mr. Montoya pleaded guilty March 9 to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the alleged theft of a safe, guns and narcotic painkillers from a town of Gouverneur residence in December.

Prosecutors agreed to contemplate interim probation in the case, under which Mr. Montoya could ultimately earn a misdemeanor charge. Judge Richards said probation officials reported that Mr. Montoya had not made arrangements to report to a chemical-dependency program or contact officials to begin General Educational Development courses, as required.

“He’s blown it off,” Judge Richards said, ordering that Mr. Montoya be drug tested at the jail and adjourning proceedings until next month.

Penny E. Osgood, 51, Syracuse, was placed on interim probation in connection with a Dec. 5 guilty plea to felony driving while intoxicated. Sentencing was adjourned to Nov. 25.

Ms. Osgood was arrested in Canton in September 2011, when St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies said she was found to be consuming alcohol in her vehicle. The DWI charge is a felony because she had a previous DWI conviction within the last 10 years.

Matthew J. Mastine, 29, of 518 E. South St., Ogdensburg, was placed on interim probation in connection with a Dec. 6 guilty plea to felony DWI. Sentencing was adjourned to Nov. 25.

Mr. Mastine was stopped Dec. 29, 2011 in the town of Oswegatchie and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent. Under state law, 0.08 percent BAC is the threshold for DWI.Mr. Mastine also had a DWI conviction in March 2007 in Oneida County, according to court documents.

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