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>Man, 18, pleads guilty to sexual assault charge

BELMONT -- Allegany County Judge James E. Euken on Friday sentenced Varian K. Kemp, 18, after the Belfast resident pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse.

The crime occurred in June in Wellsville, according to District Attorney Terrence M. Parker.

Kemp was sentenced to six months in Allegany County Jail and 10 years of probation. Wuken also enrolled Kemp on the register of sex offenders, ordered him to take sex-offender treatment and signed an order of protection for the victim.

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>Falls man sentenced on attempted-arson plea

LOCKPORT -- A judge last week recommended a state prison assignment with plenty of psychiatric help for a Niagara Falls man who tried to set fire to a house where his estranged girlfriend was visiting her 92-year-old grandmother.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sentenced Paul E. Parker, 25, of Linwood Avenue, to five years in prison on his guilty plea to attempted second-degree arson.

Parker was accused of lighting a rag stuffed into the spout of a gasoline can and throwing it at the 17th Street house March 15. The house's siding caught fire but was quickly extinguished.

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