AUBURN | For a person on the cusp of spending the next two years of his life in jail, Jamie Seasar Rosado seemed quite calm.
Speaking in a resigned voice Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court, the 23-year-old Auburn man admitted having sex with a teenage girl four days after the girl turned 14 last summer. Rosado answered each of Judge Mark Fandrich's questions by politely replying either "yes, your honor" or "no, your honor."
Rosado, of 5981 Bluefield Road, is currently serving one year in the Cayuga County Jail on an unspecified misdemeanor conviction. In exchange for pleading guilty to third-degree rape, the defendant was promised one year in CCJ, a sentence set to run consecutively with Rosado's current bid.
District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Rosado's plea to the violent felony satisfied a second-degree rape charge.
After acknowledging he would have to register as a sex offender after finishing his term behind bars, Rosado sighed as a clerk scheduled his sentencing appearance, bowing his head as officers escorted him out of the courtroom.
Also in court:
• Keri Sheppard-Kline wanted a dose of Suboxone, an opioid used to treat drug addiction. But she was locked up in CCJ, and couldn't personally get her hands on the drug.
So she enlisted someone who could.
When Benjamin M. Gilfus visited Sheppard-Kline at the jail on Nov. 3, the couple's "suspicious" behavior caught officers' attention. Deputies investigated Gilfus' meeting with the defendant and discovered the 30-year-old Auburn man had given the inmate Suboxone.
When Gilfus returned to the jail four days later, officers knew what to expect. They confronted Gilfus and confirmed he once again was concealing drugs.
In exchange for a promised sentence of one to three years in prison, Sheppard-Kline admitted possessing a Suboxone while in CCJ's custody.
"I had my ex-boyfriend bring Suboxone in for me," she explained.
Sheppard-Kline, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree possessing prison contraband, a felony, acknowledging she knew holding onto the contraband was against jail policy.
Gilfus also faces charges related to this incident.