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Trial begins for Wilson man charged with child molestation

LOCKPORT - Testimony began Wednesday in Niagara County Court in the trial of a Wilson man accused of long series of acts of sexual abuse with two different children, which allegedly occurred years apart.

Alfonso C. Cutaia, 41, of New Road, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of either count of predatory sexual assault against a child.

Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols told the jury of six men and six women that Cutaia allegedly abused a girl from July 2014 through March 1 of this year; she was 7 years old when the alleged molestation began. Nichols said it started in North Tonawanda, where Cutaia lived in 2014, and continued after his move to Wilson.

"He made her 'pinky promise' not to tell anyone," Nichols said, wiggling her finger. But the girl told her father about the alleged molestation, Nichols said.

After hearing about that case, a boy, now 19, came forward and accused Cutaia of abusing him in the City of Lockport and in Pendleton from July 2006 through November 2009. The boy allegedly told his grandmother in 2009, but didn't tell police until this year.

Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer told the jury that the charges can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. In regard to the female victim, he said, "The child was prodded to give answers. ... There have been changes in her testimony over the course of time."


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