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North Tonawanda man pleads guilty to sexual assault of 11-year-old girl

LOCKPORT – Timothy A. Wiley pleaded guilty Wednesday to having sex with a mentally challenged 11-year-old girl earlier this year in North Tonawanda.

Wiley’s guilty plea came in exchange for an offer of a prison sentence of no more than 15 years, with a five-year mandatory minimum. “There is a possibility of post-release supervision of five to 20 years,” Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon accepted the recommended settlement and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 31. Wiley is being held without bail in the meantime.

Wiley, 35, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, originally was indicted on a charge of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum life sentence.

Wydysh said the victim’s family and the police officers who investigated the April 6 incident agreed to the plea offer.

“A plea of this nature protects the girl from having to get up and testify at a trial,” Wydysh said.

Wiley, who pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual act, told Sheldon that he was diagnosed at age 4 with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and only reached ninth grade in special education classes.

“I couldn’t do it no more,” he told Sheldon when the judge asked why he didn’t graduate from high school.

The indictment accused Wiley of sexually abusing another girl on the same day, but that charge was subsumed in the plea bargain Wydysh worked out with Assistant Public Defender David E. Blackley.

Wydysh said, “We got what we thought was justice in this case.”


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