AUBURN — In June, 27-year-old Matthew DeSimone messaged someone he thought was a preteen girl named Hannah and set up a meeting. The two were to meet at the Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius, and DeSimone planned to have sex with her. But when he arrived, it was actually a state trooper who was waiting.
That's what DeSimone told Judge Mark Fandrich Tuesday in Cayuga County Court.
Dressed in a suit and tie, DeSimone pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree attempted rape, a class E felony. During his plea, DeSimone admitted he thought he was messaging a 12-year-old girl and had hoped to engage her in sex; however, he later discovered it was a trooper with New York State Police.
DeSimone could face up to four years in prison, but Fandrich agreed to sentence him to six months in Cayuga County Jail and 10 years probation. Fandrich said DeSimone will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from jail.
DeSimone, of 51 Maple St. Auburn, will remain out on $2,500 cash bail. His sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 13.
Also in court:
• An Auburn man admitted violating an order of protection this summer when he slapped and imprisoned a 28-year-old woman at her home.
Ronald Ostrander, 28, of 35 Cayuga St., was arrested Aug. 31 after a physical altercation at Oak Creek Town Homes. At the time, the Auburn Police Department said Ostrander chased the victim down and dragged her back to her apartment where he broke her cellphone. The woman had an order of protection put in place against Ostrander earlier in the year.
Ostrander was initially charged with contempt as well as second-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. However, Fandrich allowed him to plead guilty to the felony in full satisfaction of the charges.
Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Ostrander slapped the woman in the face and hit her in the arms and ribs before she escaped to a neighbor's apartment to call police. She allegedly suffered minor injuries and did not require treatment.
Ostrander could face up to four years in prison, but Fandrich agreed to sentence him to five years probation. Ostrander will have to successfully complete Auburn Behavioral Health Court as a condition of his probation.
Meanwhile, Ostrander was released on his own recognizance. His sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 13.
• An Auburn woman was sentenced to prison Tuesday for selling cocaine in Cayuga County.
Lorie Wentworth, 29, of 6 Holley St., pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in October. At that time, she said she sold cocaine to someone in Auburn on April 4, 2016.
At sentencing Tuesday, the district attorney said Wentworth was a "decent-sized dealer," noting that she sold narcotics with her significant other.
"It seems she and her co-defendant were busy," Budelmann said.
A second felony offender, Wentworth was previously convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in 2012 and two counts of third-degree robbery in 2008. Her defense attorney, Jonis Strods, said a long history of drug abuse drove Wentworth to commit crime.
"She realizes she has issues and she can't deal with them herself," Strods said.
Wentworth apologized to her family and thanked the court for giving her a chance to change her life. She was sentenced to three years in prison plus three years post-release supervision.
Fandrich also included a shock camp order, which would allow Wentworth to serve her sentence in a boot-camp-style setting while getting substance abuse treatment. She was also ordered to pay $160 in restitution to the Finger Lakes Drug Task Force.