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Wife of fugitive sex offender arraigned in Niagara County Court

LOCKPORT – Diane G. Turley surrendered to Lockport police and was arraigned Tuesday on felony charges of hindering prosecution.

She is accused of helping her husband, Paul S. Turley, of Dunkirk, skip his trial on child molestation charges in January.

Diane Turley, 51, of Lily Dale and formerly of Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree hindering prosecution and was remanded to Niagara County Jail on $10,000 bail by Judge William J. Watson. She returned to court Wednesday and was assigned a public defender. A felony hearing has been set for Monday.

Both Turleys left the Niagara County Courthouse in Lockport during the lunch break after jury selection was completed Jan. 23. They did not return.

Paul Turley, 47, was convicted Jan. 28, in his absence, of first- and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and first-degree sexual abuse for abusing two North Tonawanda girls between 1996 to 1998, when the two girls were between the ages of 5 and 7, and of fondling one of the girls again in 2003, when she was 12 and he was living in North Tonawanda. The girls, who are now 21, did not come forward until 2011.

U.S. marshals tracked the Turleys across several states and a month later found them staying with an acquaintance in a mobile home in Arizona.

Paul Turley was brought back to Niagara County on March 15. He is being held without bail to await sentencing May 10 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

He could serve as long as 30 years in prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Nichols.