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Level 3 sex offender opts for nonjury trial

LOCKPORT – A Level 3 sex offender who formerly lived in the Town of Lockport chose Tuesday to have a nonjury trial on felony charges of failing to register two Internet identifiers with authorities, as required by law.

“I believe it would be a fairer trial,” Sean P. McLaughlin, 43, of Rochester told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. The trial, set for Nov. 17, is the first of two trials slated for McLaughlin. The second pertains to kidnapping and child endangerment charges filed when McLaughlin allegedly took a 12-year-old Lockport out for a day Nov. 23 and lied about his name and address when the child’s mother tried to pick her son up.

Defense attorney Robert Berkun said the Internet identifiers McLaughlin allegedly didn’t file were an email address and a screen name consisting of his first and middle names.