A City of Lockport man, originally charged with first-degree rape, was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching.
Thomas J. Peckham Jr., 22, will not have to register as a sex offender. He was living on Ridge Road in Newfane when he was arrested May 15 in connection with allegations from an adult woman. He's been in jail ever since, and the time counts toward the sentence imposed by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.
In court Tuesday, prosecutor Lisa M. Baerhe read a letter from the woman, who stood beside her, saying she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Defense attorney Susan Karalus said a third party stated to her that the woman made up the accusations.