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Short jail term, probation for man who molested 13-year-old boy

LOCKPORT – Six months in jail to begin six years on probation was the sentence Tuesday from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas for a man who drove a 13-year-old boy from Buffalo to Lockport and molested him July 14.

“I’m openly gay. I didn’t hide it from nobody,” said Dwight A. Lester, 40, of Lincoln Place, Lockport.

Lester, who said he was a foster parent for four or five years, had no prior criminal record. He pleaded guilty to first-degree unlawful imprisonment and attempted third-degree sexual abuse.

“He’s not attracted to children. He’s attracted to men,” said defense attorney Anthony J. Lana, who said the 13-year-old was 6 feet 3 inches tall and had “the characteristics of a man.”