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Lockport man sentenced to 6 years for sexually abusing 5-year-old girl

A Level 3 sex offender was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for molesting a 5-year-old girl in a Walnut Street home Jan. 7.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. imposed the sentence on Dale L. Goff, 44 of Hawley Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

Goff was already on the state's list of its most dangerous sex criminals in the wake of a 1992 conviction for molesting two boys under age 10. In this incident, Goff visited the Walnut Street home to use the telephone and was accused of placing his hands inside the girl's clothing.

In another Lockport case, Broderick imposed a prison term on a man whose refusal to yield to police pursuers May 3 resulted in a crash that injured three officers and demolished two patrol cars.

John J. Davis Jr., 25, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, was at the wheel of a stolen car during the chase. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. His sentence of two to four years will run concurrently with a four-year term he is already serving for cocaine possession.

In other cases, Mark J. Light, 19, of Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, admitted to third-degree robbery in the June 29 holdup of the UniMart at Saunders Settlement and Military roads in that town. Light, who is to be sentenced Jan. 11, told Broderick he was drunk at the time and was looking for money to buy drugs.

Thomas Vogelsang, 47, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was sentenced by Broderick to time served for his role in the July 21 beating of a Niagara County Jail inmate. He will now begin serving an unrelated federal prison term.

Five men were accused of beating Douglas Drew, whom the attackers believed had turned jailhouse informant against Niagara Falls cocaine kingpin Clayton "Iceberg" Green, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges.

Rebecca Spann, who was one of 15 persons indicted in the Green case, was sentenced Friday by Broderick to 90 days in the state's secure drug treatment center at Willard Correctional Facility.

If Spann, 30, of Geneva, fails in that program, she will serve two to four years in prison for fourth-degree conspiracy.

Two other co-defendants of Green pleaded guilty Thursday to the same charge as Spann. Rashawn Salmon, 20, of Robinson Court, Niagara Falls, and Tanika McCreary, 27, of Cambria-Wilson Road, Cambria, are to be sentenced Jan. 11.

Also sent to Willard Friday was Ahmed H. McCray, 28, of Eighth Street, Niagara Falls. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said if he fails, he'll serve two to four years in prison for third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

McCray was charged with stealing more than $3,000 worth of property from an apartment on Eighth Street Nov. 6.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

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