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Former Lockport man draws 15 years for child sex abuse

LOCKPORT – Despite an opinion from a psychologist that Andrew K. Peyatt presents “a low to moderate risk” of reoffending in the next four years, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentenced Peyatt to 15 years in prison and 15 years of post-release supervision for sex crimes against children.

Peyatt, 56, a former Lockport man now living in Bridgeport, W. Va., had pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, attempted first-degree criminal sexual act and attempt to disseminate indecent material to a minor.

He admitted to a series of incidents with a girl under age 11 in Lockport in 1996 and 1997; forcible sex with a woman during a visit to Lockport in the summer of 2012; and emailing a naked photo of himself to an underage girl in April 2013.

“We’re not dealing with a monster here. We’re dealing with someone who can be treated,” defense attorney Michael Seibert argued. But Farkas said Tuesday that Peyatt doesn’t recognize the severity of his crimes.