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Man accused of sex assault in NT; judge has doubts

LOCKPORT – A former North Tonawanda resident, charged with sexually abusing an unconscious woman in his Oliver Street residence Nov. 23, pleaded not guilty to a two-count indictment Monday in Niagara County Court.

Douglas S. Carnes Jr., 42, now of Lancaster, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and resisting arrest.

However, Assistant Public Defender David E. Blackley said after examining a statement given to him by the prosecution, “It looks to me like she’s taking back some of what she said. It certainly calls into question the strength of the case.” County Judge Sara Sheldon said, “Like you, Mr. Blackley, I have great concerns about this case.” Sheldon said she’d be willing to release Carnes from jail if a landline phone is installed in the Lancaster residence so an ankle monitor will function. He’s been in jail since he allegedly fought with police who picked him up Nov. 26, Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said.