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Wilson man pleads guilty in statutory rape case

LOCKPORT – A man who had sex with two 16-year-old girls in Wilson last year pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Devin C. Branch, 31, of Washington Street, Wilson, admitted to third-degree rape and sexual misconduct. He could go to prison for as long as four years, plus 10 years of post-release supervision, when he is sentenced July 28 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. In the meantime, Branch remains free on an $80,000 bail bond.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said there was no evidence of force or coercion in either incident, one of which occurred in May 2014 and the other in October. However, the girls were under the legal age of sexual consent, which is 17 in New York State.