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Town of Lockport man avoids jail for having sex with underage girl

LOCKPORT – Andrew A. Donaldson, who pleaded guilty to two sex crimes against the same underage girl, was placed on six years’ probation Friday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Donaldson, 27, of Minnick Road, Town of Lockport, had admitted to reduced charges of attempted third-degree rape and attempted third-degree criminal sexual act. He had sex with the girl in Newfane Aug. 27, 2013, and June 30, 2014. She was 15 on the first occasion.

“It should never have gone as far as it did,” said Donaldson, who could have been sent to jail for two years. Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said Donaldson should get credit for signing up for sex offender counseling on his own. “He doesn’t want his demons controlling him; he want to control his demons,” Catalano said.