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Hartland man avoids jail in sex case

LOCKPORT – Randy P. Maedl, who had sexual contact with a woman without her consent on Aug. 1, was spared jail time Tuesday.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III gave Maedl 10 years of probation for his guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

The plea bargain had promised Maedl, 62, of Bradley Road in Hartland, no more than a year in the County Jail, but Murphy opted for probation with up to 18 months of wearing a GPS monitor. Murphy warned Maedl that if he violates the terms of probation, “I won’t hesitate to send you to state prison.”

Maedl also must register as a sex offender. “He does seem to have some issues with embracing his responsibility here, what the boundaries are in his relationships with females,” defense attorney Barry N. Covert said. But he also pointed to a stack of letters describing Maedl’s community service.

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