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STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICER FOUND GUILTY OF POSING GIRL, 14, FOR LEWD PHOTOGRAPHS

A state corrections officer was convicted Friday of use of a child in a sexual performance for posing a 14-year-old girl for lewd photographs in July 1999.

William A. Barnard Jr., 41, of Dale Road, Royalton, could receive up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced March 30 by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Defense attorney A. Angelo DiMillo said Barnard was suspended from his job at the Albion Correctional Facility when he was arrested in late 1999.

Meanwhile, a Niagara Falls man is also looking at a maximum 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to two robberies.

Keith R. White, 29, of Mackenna Avenue, will be sentenced March 16 by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza for first-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery.

White pleaded guilty to the Oct. 21, 1999, robbery of jeweler Carl Aldion outside Carl's Jewelers on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. White's brother, Kenneth, 33, is also awaiting sentencing in that case.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Jo Lattimore-Young said Keith White also admitted breaking into a home on South Avenue in Niagara Falls on July 10, threatening a woman with a knife, and stealing her purse containing $5 and credit cards.

Elsewhere on the County Court calendar:

David J. Lake, 21, of Haeberle Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Broderick to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for having 3 ounces of cocaine with the intention of selling it in Niagara Falls on Oct. 5. Lake pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Mark A. McCreary, 35, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced by Broderick to a year in jail after pleading guilty to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested April 13 at a traffic stop in downtown Lockport, when police found several wrapped rocks of crack cocaine in his coat pocket.

McCreary also was one of 14 people named in a federal indictment Nov. 1, triggered by an investigation into a crack cocaine ring operating in Niagara Falls since 1994.

Mario R. Taylor, 21, of 20th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. Sperrazza set sentencing for Feb. 20. Taylor was arrested Aug. 22 at a traffic stop on 23rd Street in Niagara Falls, where he fought with Detective John Galie, who found .17 ounces of cocaine on the suspect's person.

John Apolito Jr., 17, of Monroe Street, Lockport, was sentenced by Sperrazza to one to three years in state prison for attempted third-degree burglary. Apolito accepted a plea bargain in connection with an Oct. 29 break-in at a home on Waterman Street in Lockport, but prosecutors said he was believed to have been involved in as many as five burglaries in the city.

Kenneth D. Lewis, 24, of Spaulding Street, Lockport, was sentenced by Broderick to a year in jail for third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Lewis threw a glass at a woman July 4 on the porch of Time Out II, an Olcott bar, breaking some of her teeth and inflicting a cut that took four stitches to close. A piece of broken glass also scratched a car owned by the bar's proprietor.

James T. Johnson, 34, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Royalton, was placed on five years' probation for a felony count of driving while intoxicated and ordered to do 50 hours of community service.

Terry L. Short, 43, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on a felony DWI count. Sheriff's deputies measured Short's blood alcohol content at .21 percent after her car struck a guardrail on Randall Road in Wilson on Nov. 4.

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