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Teenage sex offender sent to state prison in Lockport case

LOCKPORT - A teenage sex offender from the City of Lockport was denied youthful offender status and was sentenced Wednesday to two years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he refused to grant youthful offender status to Jonathan S. Frey, 17, because of his record and because it would have exempted him from registering as a sex offender.

"I think the public needs to be put on notice of your past behavior," Murphy told Frey, a LeVan Avenue resident who had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual act for an incident with a 13-year-old girl in a Michigan Street residence in late June.

The judge said that in 2015, Frey was ruled a juvenile offender for a sex offense involving a 7-year-old victim, and while he was in jail on the current case, Frey tried to extort money from a fellow inmate.

Asked by Murphy to take a position on youthful offender status, Assistant Public Defender Alan J. Roscetti conceded, "It's hard to make a case for that, based on his behavior."

Roscetti suggested that Frey be placed on interim probation to try to earn a break. Frey said, "I'd like probation so I can get the help I need and be under supervision, subject to jail." But the judge disagreed.


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