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Watertown man sentenced to 9 years in prison for sex with a child


A Watertown man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to nine years in state prison for having sexual contact with a female child.

Clinton Washington, 50, no fixed address, also was ordered to undergo an additional 10 years of supervision and register with the state as a sex offender upon his release from prison for a Jan. 2 guilty plea to first-degree criminal sex act.

He was charged in February 2012 with having repeated sexual contact with a child between June 2011 and January 2012, starting when the girl was 11 years old.

In other court activity:

Scott J. LeClair, 48, Churubusco, Clinton County, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine-making materials. He admitted that he possessed the materials Jan. 2 in the village of Philadelphia. Sheriff’s deputies discovered the materials after stopping Mr. LeClair’s van for speeding on Route 11. He is expected to be sentenced June 11 to 1 years in prison, followed by a year of post-release supervision.

Michael Silverman, 21, an inmate at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted promotion of prison contraband. He admitted that he possessed a metal can lid while taking part in an Aug. 14 assault while incarcerated at Watertown Correctional Facility. He is expected to be sentenced at a later date to an additional 1 to 3 years in prison. He is serving a two- to four-year prison sentence imposed in April 2011 in New York City for a second-degree assault conviction.

Wesley D. Taylor, 21, Watertown, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals. He admitted that he shot his dog in the face at his Academy Street residence on June 4 and then left the residence without seeking medical treatment for the animal. According to an indictment in the matter, the dog was in a crate when it was shot, which resulted in the dog’s death. Mr. Taylor is expected to be sentenced July 29 to 13 weekends in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and five years’ probation.

Carlos M. Arroyo, 27, and Tommy L. Clark, 31, both of Watertown, were arraigned on sealed indictments containing 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 Mr. Arroyo sold cocaine twice on the same day in early March and that Mr. Clark sold heroin twice on the same early February day. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges and were sent to the PSB on $30,000 bail. Mr. Clark was sentenced in County Court in June 2011 to three years in prison for third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell cocaine in Watertown. He was released under parole supervision in October, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website.

Mr. Arroyo was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, in January 2012 to 31 months in federal prison for a conspiracy conviction, charged with trafficking cocaine between Watertown and Ogdensburg. He also pleaded guilty in County Court to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting he tried to sell cocaine in Watertown in July 2009. He subsequently was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served on the state charge and was given credit for an unspecified amount of time served on the federal charge. Information on when he was released from federal prison was not available.

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