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Franklinville man, 27, charged with felony sex crimes

George Merrell, 27, of Franklinville, faces three felony and three misdemeanor charges. (State Police)

George Merrell, 27, of Franklinville, faces three felony and three misdemeanor charges. (State Police)

FRANKLINVILLE - A 27-year-old Franklinville man faces felony sex charges after a domestic incident on Route 16 on Monday, State police said.

George Merrell is accused of performing criminal sexual acts on the victim, as well as hitting and choking the victim, destroying property and preventing the victim from calling 911, authorities said.

Merrell was charged with first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, third- and fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing.

After being arraigned in Machias Town Court, he was remanded to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond. An order of protection was also issued.

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