LOCKPORT – Kidnapping charges were dropped Monday against a Level 3 sex offender who took a 12-year-old Town of Lockport boy out for a day without his parents’ knowledge, and the offender pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Sean P. McLaughlin, 43, of Rochester, was living in Lockport on Nov. 23, 2013, when he took the boy, a friend of the son of a woman McLaughlin was dating at the time. Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said McLaughlin took the boy to two Walmarts and bought him a BB gun and a machete, which Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III has ruled 12-year-olds aren’t allowed to have without parental permission.
McLaughlin specifically admitted to buying the boy the machete at the North Tonawanda Walmart, after making no purchases on a visit to the Lockport location.
McLaughlin is to be sentenced May 19 for the endangerment charge and for two felony counts of failing to disclose his Internet identifiers to the state as required by law. He was convicted of those charges by Murphy in a nonjury trial that ended Dec. 23.
McLaughlin is on the sex offender registry for sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy in Wayne County in 1993. He served almost 12 years in prison for that.