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Falls man pleads guilty to sexual abuse of teen

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in that city Dec. 11.

Thomas R. Murray II, 38, of 87th Street, was accused of forcing the girl into sex acts by choking her and threatening her with a piece of broken glass. He admitted to first-degree sexual abuse.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas said she will sentence Murray to something between 18 months and four years in state prison and three to 10 years of post-release supervision when he returns to court Aug. 30. In the meantime, Murray is free on a $20,000 bail bond.

The legal maximum for the crime is seven years. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the lower sentencing commitment was Farkas’ idea, although he did not oppose it. When the plan was first raised in a June 12 court appearance, Zucco said the victim disagreed with it and predicted, “She will probably appear at sentencing and ask the court for more.”