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Lockport sex offender disrupts court

LOCKPORT – A Level 1 sex offender who, according to his attorney, suffers from mental health issues, stomped his feet and screamed several times after Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon sentenced him Tuesday.

The sentence came after Michael D. Niles, 23, of Walnut Street, Lockport, told Sheldon, “If I do face jail time, I want to be alone, so no food and no showers.”

“The sentence of the court is one year in Niagara County Jail. You will take showers,” Sheldon said.

“I don’t want to,” Niles answered. He started stomping and screaming after he was handcuffed, and was hustled out of the courtroom by officers.

Niles had pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse for sexual contact with an adolescent girl Aug. 3, 2014. He had been placed on six months’ interim probation, but failed to follow the rule, so Sheldon gave him the maximum sentence for the crime.

“It was understood by all that probation would be a struggle for him, given his IQ and his mental health status,” Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said.