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Tuscarora Reservation man indicted on statutory rape charges

LOCKPORT – A resident of the Tuscarora Indian Reservation was arraigned in Niagara County Court Thursday on charges of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl last year.

Clint F. Farnham, 25, of Mount Hope Road, pleaded not guilty to three counts of third-degree rape, also known as statutory rape, along with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The incidents allegedly occurred between Sept. 1 and Oct. 24, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said. The age of sexual consent in New York State is 17. Farnham was released on his own recognizance.