AUBURN | Joseph Thompson returned to his Port Byron home after celebrating on a cold December night.

"I had been spending the day over at a friend's house, drinking and partying," he said.

But instead of going to sleep, the defendant explained Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court that he picked up the then 7-year-old girl sitting in his living room and carried her upstairs. Thompson said he then took off the child's pajama pants and subjected her to oral sex.

Thompson was arrested March 21 and charged in Oswego County with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after an adult allegedly witnessed him engaging in a sexual act with the same child, now 12, in Hannibal.

For confessing to the 2007 crime and pleading guilty to second-degree criminal sex act, a violent felony, Thompson, 43, faces spending four to five years in prison.

Also in court:

• Christopher Bodner, 44, denied accusations charging him with breaking into the Auburn Ale House on March 1 and stealing money. Bodner pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Bail for Bodner, of 36 Franklin St., was maintained at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

• A 36-year-old Auburn man pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of possessing an ounce of crack cocaine and struggling when police attempted to place him in the backseat of a police car.

Dashawn Russell, of 63 Fitch Ave., pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, along with two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Russell was held in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

• Rodney Jones, 36, was sentenced to seven years in prison and 18 months of post-release supervision for his third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction.

In February, the second-felony offender described his role in an interstate drug ring, admitting he possessed 28 grams of cocaine in June 2011.

• Justin Tillmon has a criminal history that spans half of his 25-year-long life. Since he was 12, Tillmon has been arrested 23 times and convicted of four felonies. And Tuesday, he was sentenced for his fourth.

Tillmon, of 12 Cady St., will spend the next three years in prison for third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a narcotic drug. For selling ecstasy and cocaine, Tillmon must also pay $250 restitution to the Finger Lakes Drug task Force.

• Samantha Youngjohn was sentenced to five years probation for driving while intoxicated with her then 3-year-old son in the car in October. For her felony aggravated DWI conviction, the 24-year-old Springport woman must also complete 250 hours of community service.

• Gregory Bates faces five years in prison after admitting he sold more than half an ounce of cocaine in Auburn in April 2011. For pleading guilty to second-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Bates, 38, satisfied the other 17 felony charges on his indictment.

• Harry Hurst, 32, pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing traffic and consumption of alcohol. Hurst, of 9 Venice St., Auburn, was remanded without bail.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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Anyone notice that Rodney with the cocaine gets 7 years, while Joseph here only gets 4 to 5 years? I'm thinking "pulling down a 7 year olds PJ's and subjecting her to oral sex", should carry more weight that cocaine.


Completely agree with previous post


These judges and courts are always easy on these offenders. These people, if you want to call them that, are victimizing our youth. Kids are so vunerable and should be protected. Any judge thinking registering for a sex offender is good enough and they don't need to be incarcerated should not represent our community.


Why is it that a Man gets only 4 to 5 years for criminal sex act when other peopele get 7 + for non violent drug arrests? PS I do not do drugs, but something is wrong with the system

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