65-year-old Auburn man denies sexual abuse charges

2012-09-26T03:05:00Z 2012-09-26T09:35:46Z 65-year-old Auburn man denies sexual abuse chargesSamantha House The Citizen Auburn Citizen
September 26, 2012 3:05 am  • 

AUBURN | A 65-year-old Auburn man previously convicted of attempted rape denied new accusations charging him with sexually abusing a new victim.

In Cayuga County Court Tuesday, Thomas Jewell, of 7002 Canoga Road, pleaded not guilty to first-degree criminal sex act, a felony, along with two counts of forcible touching and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Arguing for reasonable bail, Adam Van Buskirk, Jewell's attorney, said his client's poor health and lifelong residency in Cayuga County did not render him a flight risk.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Schlecht disagreed, asking Judge Mark Fandrich to set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

"A senior citizen with failing health has nothing but reasons to flee the jurisdiction," Schlecht said.

Fandrich upped Schlecht's request, remanding Jewell into custody in lieu of $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Also in court:

• Before Ervin Herovic admitted possessing hydrocodone, the 44-year-old Liverpool man — who is not a naturalized citizen — was warned he could be deported as a result of his felony conviction.

Despite the risk, the permanent resident pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, conceding he possessed and intended to sell 100 hydrocodone pills in Auburn in July.

In exchange for his plea, Herovic, of 204 Longdale Drive, was promised a sentence of 30 days in Cayuga County Jail and five years probation.

• David Kalet faces up to three years in prison for admitting he stole seven batteries from Aurelius cars in July and sold heroin last November.

The 25-year-old Auburn man pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, in satisfaction of the other three charges listed on his indictment.

For his plea, Kalet, of 53 Perrine St., faces 1 to 3 years in prison.

• Edward Hoisington was sentenced to concurrent terms of five years in prison and five years post-release supervision for going on a five-town burglary spree during the spring.

In August, the 19-year-old Auburn man pleaded guilty to counts of second-degree burglary, both felonies, admitting he broke into residences in Fleming and Auburn. Hoisington's plea satisfied charges pending in Auburn, Sennett, Genoa and Venice.

Hoisington, of 19 E. Genesee St., apartment 8, admitted he stole a laptop from a Fleming trailer to sell for money to buy drugs.

• After receiving many opportunities to turn his life around, Joshua LaClair was punished for violating his probation.

For skipping out on a weekend in the Cayuga County Jail — reportedly his second missed appearance at the jail — Fandrich sentenced the Auburn man to one to three years in prison.

LaClair, 26, of 19 Frazee St., was on probation for third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud and misuse of food stamps, all felonies.

The defendant said he showed up at the jail when he was scheduled to, but left after having a panic attack, returning home to his three children.

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

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