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Guilty plea planned in molestation of children; Lockport man expected to get 40-year sentence

A Lockport man accused of molesting five children over a 10-year period will plead guilty July 8 and face a sentence of about 40 years in prison, his attorney said after a court appearance Friday.

Michael G. Floyd, 44, of Pine Street, will accept a prosecution offer to plead guilty to six counts of a 67-count indictment, Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said.

Floyd will take the offer "because he's looking at life [in prison if convicted at trial]," Catalano said.

"When we come back on the 8th, we will have a disposition on that date," he told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Besides the molestation charges, involving four girls and a boy beginning in 2000, Floyd's indictment includes 28 counts each of using a child in a sexual performance and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

The charges accuse him of having 25 still photos on his cell phone of nude children, and three cell phone videos, including sound, of alleged acts of sexual abuse. The evidence was found on the phone in following Floyd's Dec. 23 arrest.

Without a plea, Floyd runs the risk of having his case turned over to federal prosecutors, since those could be considered incidents of manufacturing child pornography, Catalano said.

Floyd is being held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

In other court action Friday, Murphy ruled that a woman who engaged in sex with a 14-year-old boy in woods near the Erie Canal in Lockport will be rated a Level 2 sex offender.

Debra M. Wise, 31, of Wilson, a former Lockport resident, is serving a one-year County Jail sentence for statutory rape.

The incident occurred on the night of June 4, 2010, off West Genesee Street. A police officer caught Wise and the boy when he heard noises while questioning another teenager who appeared drunk.

Also Friday, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo told Murphy that he will move to dismiss an attempted armed robbery indictment against Christopher L. Sandy, 27, of Niagara Falls -- if Sandy's brother pleads guilty July 6, his next court date.

Kevin D. Sandy, 26, of Niagara Street in the Falls, is charged with trying to rob a Niagara Gazette delivery boy Feb. 6 on 16th Street in that city, while armed with an assault rifle.

Christopher Sandy was indicted on the same charges.

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