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NT man denies sex assaults as attorney charges conspiracy

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting two women he knows, but his attorney told the judge Tuesday the women are out to get his client.

Larry G. Saunders II, 39, of Bryant Street, pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act, three counts of strangulation, first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered Saunders to remain in jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Defense Attorney David R. Addelman asserted that the alleged victim in a July 3, 2015, incident has known Saunders for years, but told police her attacker was named Bob.

Addelman said the woman allegedly exchanged Facebook messages with another woman of Saunders’ acquaintance, and the latter purportedly told police she was raped. “These two women are in league with each other,” Addelman charged.

Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said he knew nothing of the alleged Facebook conspiracy. Addelman also told Murphy that after Saunders was jailed, the second woman stole his cellphone, his refrigerator and most of his furniture.