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Buffalo man sentenced for statutory rape of an eighth grader

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man was sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years post-release supervision for the statutory rape of a 13–year–old girl he said he met on an adult chat site.

Marc J. Davis, 47, of Porter Avenue was sentenced Thursday in Niagara County Court by Judge Sara Sheldon. Davis, who pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of third-degree rape on March 12, was also ordered to pay a $425 surcharge and will need to register as a sex offender.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco told the judge that he was “flabbergasted” that Davis would blame the victim.

“He meets up with an eighth grader and says it’s all her fault?” said Zucco. “The victim said he held himself out as a 20–year–old and took advantage of her.”

Sheldon said the messages the girl posted online were quite provocative for a girl of that age and from the bench cautioned her family to be better role models for the girl.

Although Davis has no previous sexually-related crimes, the conviction is his sixth felony conviction. He will begin his sentence after he completes his time for violating parole on a 2003 Erie County burglary conviction for which he served 8 1/2 years of an 11 year sentence. Davis also served three years for a 1994 burglary conviction and two years on a 1999 burglary conviction.