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Wilson man imprisoned for having sex with two teen girls

LOCKPORT – A Wilson man, who had sexual relationships with two teenage girls last year after his wife left him, was sentenced Tuesday to 2½ years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision.

“Your conduct in this case strikes me as predatory,” Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Devin C. Branch, 31, of Washington Street, who had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape and sexual misconduct.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Branch, a Wilson native, was living in New York City when his wife walked out on him. He moved back home and became involved with a 16-year-old girl, a few months later starting in the spring of 2014. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said that girl broke off the relationship after a couple of months, so Branch switched to a 15-year-old who was a friend of the first girl.

“He goes from one to another in a couple of weeks,” Zucco said.

“Take this predator off the streets of Wilson,” the 15-year-old’s mother urged Murphy.

“There is no excuse for my actions,” said Branch, who had no prior criminal record. He said he has sleepless nights worrying about the emotional impact the affairs had on the girls.