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Olean man remains in jail after indictment in sex slave case

LITTLE VALLEY - An Olean man accused of kidnapping, then imprisoning a 35-year-old woman as his sex slave for a month remains behind bars following his indictment in Cattaraugus County Court last week.

Francis O'Donnell, 62,  was arrested Feb. 13 after dropping off his victim at Olean General Hospital, authorities said. He was ordered to remain in Cattaraugus County Jail by Judge Ronald D. Ploetz after pleading  not guilty to second-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree coercion and first-degree criminal sexual act.

District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said O'Donnell abducted the woman on Jan. 13 and repeatedly attacked her in his apartment on Union Street in Olean. The woman, authorities said, had been listed as a missing person until she was left at the hospital,  with several injuries.

Also before Ploetz:

  • Aaron Diers, 42, of Gowanda, was sentenced to 1  1/2 years in state prison term after being convicted of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the Town of Persia on April 9 and City of Salamanca on Dec. 3. In both cases, police said, Diers was found with laboratory  equipment and the chemicals used to make methamphetamine.
  • Ryan P. Willis, 33, of Portville, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of third-degree attempted unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. He was  arrested in the Town of Portville on July 29. Currently in the Cattaraugus County Jail, Willis will be sentenced on May 30.
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