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Clinton C. Allwood

Clinton C. Allwood

AUBURN — Ahead of his release from jail next month, an Auburn man was assessed as a level one sex offender for abusing a 10-year-old girl while she was at a sleepover at his home. 

Richard Gould, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, in Cayuga County Court in March. At the time of his plea, Gould admitted to sexually abusing a young girl in his home.

While Gould, then a resident of 63 Owasco St., could have faced up to seven years in prison, Judge Thomas Leone agreed to sentence him to six months in Cayuga County Jail and 10 years of probation at the time of his plea. Leone said he accepted that offer in an effort to spare the victim from having to testify at trial.

In court Thursday, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said the victim was a "a friend of (Gould's) adopted daughter," and he used that relationship to get the girl to come over to his home for a sleepover, which is when the abuse occurred.

Leone described the abuse as "sexual contact with the victim ... under clothing" for the purpose of the risk level assessment and later added that Gould "has not accepted responsibility."

Leone assigned Gould a preliminary score of 70 points, the highest score allowed for a level one, the lowest risk level in the state's sexual offender designation system. Gould will be registered as a level one sex offender for 20 years. By law, only level two and level three sex offenders are listed on the public directory.

Although he wasn't assessed points for the use of violence during the sexual abuse, Leone said that Gould should be designated as a sexually violent offender. Ryan Muldoon, Gould's attorney, said after court that first-degree sexual abuse charges are categorized as violent offenders whether or not physical violence was used during the abuse.

Gould made no comment during the risk level assessment, other than to confirm to Leone that his release date from jail is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Also in court

• An Auburn man was allowed to remain free on his current bail for a past criminal charge despite a new perjury charge. 

Clinton Allwood, 29, was arrested in May by the Auburn Police Department and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, for towing a car he did not own from a parking lot and subsequently scrapping it, police said.

Allwood, of 46 Orchard St., Apt. 1, appeared in court Thursday for arraignment after he was charged with first-degree perjury, a class D felony, that Budelmann said was an additional charge the grand jury indicted him for along with the larceny charge. Allwood was already out on bail of $250 for his grand larceny charge and Budelmann wanted to raise bail to $2,500 in light of the new charge.

The judge decided to allow Allwood to remain out on his $250 bail, saying he has a low flight risk due to already reporting for treatment court and probation weekly and owning a local business.

Allwood is due back in court in December. 

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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