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Abdallah indicted in sex crimes

A Thomas Street man was indicted Tuesday on sex charges linked to four girls -- one, a 13-year-old runaway, allegedly used as his sex slave several months ago.

Michael Abdallah, 26, is charged with prostitution promotion, rape, criminal sexual act (sodomy), weapons possession, false statement and child endangerment. In jail since mid-February, Abdallah was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to remain jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail set by Buffalo City Judge James A.W. McLeod last month.

Frank Bogulski, Abdallah's attorney, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. He also characterized the alleged victim as a liar and said his client is not a flight risk.

The grand jury indicted Abdallah for alleged criminal conduct linked to four girls -- ages 13 to 17 -- through Dec. 19, 2009, when the 13-year-old, according to authorities, escaped from the defendant's home.

Abdallah faces a prison term of more than 50 years, according to prosecutors.

Bogulski added that he is investigating all allegations against his client and said "this case could take awhile" to complete. The defense attorney also noted the 13-year-old's "fabricated" allegations against Abdallah emerged only after she was accused of burning his 1-year-old son, who is currently living with relatives in Buffalo.

"She's willing to lie to cover her own tracks," Bogulski told the judge.

Prosecutor Marni Bogart told the judge authorities have "grave concerns" that Abdallah will flee to Yemen. She also charged that Abdallah committed the crimes against the four girls while he was on probation for a 2008 weapons conviction.


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