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Woman to serve four years as accessory to rape of 16-year-old girl

LOCKPORT – A woman who admitted helping facilitate the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Newfane last year was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision, the maximum sentence available for her guilty plea.

Theresa A. Ferguson, 54, of Elmwood Avenue, Lockport, was living on Jockey Road in Newfane when the incident occurred last July 18. Ferguson’s live-in boyfriend, Kenneth T. Mulcahy, 53, now living on Meadville Road in the Town of Alabama, faces a 20-count indictment accusing him of statutory rape and a variety of other sex crimes, including taking photos of the girl during the alleged sex act. He has pleaded not guilty.

“I never will be able to get the vile, horrific and disgusting images out of my head,” the sobbing girl said in Niagara County Court Tuesday. She said she’s Ferguson admitted holding the girl’s hand and comforting her as Mulcahy had sex with her; Judge Matthew J. Murphy III quoted Ferguson, who pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sexual act, as telling the girl, “It’s time to be a lady now.”

Defense attorney Jenelle Messer said Ferguson took part because she was afraid of Mulcahy. “She was a victim of abuse herself when she was a child,” Messer said of Ferguson.