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Judge finds East Amherst man guilty of child sex abuse charge

An East Amherst man was found guilty of a child sex abuse charge Friday following a bench trial before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Tariq Nawaz, 48, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child, a felony, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, following a nearly four-week bench trial.

Prosectors said that Nawaz engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct in the Town of Amherst over a period of three months. It is further alleged that the defendant knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than 17 years of age.

Nawaz faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced at 2 p.m. Oct. 7. He remains held without bail. Judge Case issued an order of protection on behalf of the victim.

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