LOCKPORT – Andrew K. Peyatt, a Lockport native now living in West Virginia, has a 1991 conviction in that state for molesting two 6-year-olds, a Niagara County prosecutor said in court Wednesday as she persuaded County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas not to reduce Peyatt’s $250,000 bail.
Peyatt, 55, of Bridgeport, W.Va., was arrested in late June on a visit to Lockport. State police accused him of sexually abusing a girl in Lockport more than a decade ago.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said that besides the 1991 conviction, Peyatt currently has an open case in West Virginia, where police are looking into charges of alleged inappropriate contact between him and a child under age 16. Defense attorney Michael Seibert said if Peyatt were freed, he would live with his parents in the Town of Niagara. He said Peyatt, a 1980 chemical engineering graduate from the University at Buffalo, lost a lucrative job in West Virginia after his arrest.