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Defendant allegedly admits additional crimes

LOCKPORT – Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said Wednesday that a jailhouse informant told her that a Lockport man facing a rape trial actually committed more sex crimes and was faking his request for a Spanish-speaking interpreter.

Sloma told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that the informant claimed that Jose Rosario, 34, of Cottage Street, admitted that his request for an interpreter was, in Sloma’s words, “a ploy to set up an appeal post-trial.” Murphy already had been skeptical of the request, noting that Rosario had communicated well in court and even wrote Murphy a letter “in perfect English.”

Rosario is charged with rape, sexual abuse and criminal sexual act, all in the first degree, regarding an alleged incident with a woman Aug. 9 in the City of Lockport. The informant is another client of Rosario’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano, who was relieved from the case. Rosario will receive a new court-appointed lawyer May 1.