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AUBURN — An Auburn man who recently admitted raping a 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to another crime in Cayuga County. 

On Tuesday morning, 43-year-old Paul Oattes addressed his second set of charges in Cayuga County Court. Oattes was first charged with three counts of third-degree rape and one count of first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child for having sex with an underage girl in August 2016. Months later, he was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy for helping a man rob a house in Montezuma that October. 

Earlier this year, Oattes pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, a class E felony, and on Tuesday, he answered for his other crime. 

Oattes pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree conspiracy, another class E felony. During his plea, he said he planned a home invasion with a man named Christopher Kilcoyne. 

"I drove Kilcoyne to the scene," Oattes said. "He went in and did what he did and then I drove him back." 

According to the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office, Kilcoyne forcibly stole property from the home in October 2016, displaying a pistol or what appeared to be a pistol. Kilcoyne, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary last fall and was placed on interim probation. 

Meanwhile, Oattes was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail, where he has been incarcerated for roughly one year. A second felony offender, Oattes could face up to four years in prison; however, Judge Mark Fandrich agreed to sentence him to 1 1/2 to three years in prison. That sentence will run concurrently to his term for rape. 

Oattes will remain in jail without bail pending sentencing. He could be sentenced as soon as June 19, when he is scheduled to be sentenced for the rape conviction. 

Also in court

• A Liverpool man admitted attempting to have sex with an underage girl in Cayuga County. 

Jason Holcomb, 37, of 216 Blackberry Road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced count of second-degree attempted rape, a class D felony. 

In a court appearance in November, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Holcomb had posted an ad on Craigslist looking for a "young playmate." Then, Budelmann said, Holcomb arranged to meet who he believed to be a 12-year-old girl for sex at the Fingerlakes Mall, but the person turned out to be a state trooper. 

On Tuesday, Holcomb admitted the crime. In exchange for his plea, he will likely be sentenced to six months jail and 10 years probation. He will remain out of jail on $1,000 cash bail. His sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 11. 

• A Syracuse man was sentenced Tuesday for attempting to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Jacob Gerros, 41, of 119 Dorset Road, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree attempted rape and possession of a sexual performance by a child. At the time, he admitted driving to Aurelius, where he thought he was going to meet an underage girl for sex; the person there to meet him was actually a state trooper. 

On Tuesday, the district attorney expressed some concerns about Gerros' comments to the probation department in which he "backed away from his admission substantially." Budelmann also said Gerros' case had "some of the nastiest, most explicit messaging" his office had ever seen. 

Despite the district attorney's request for prison, Gerros was sentenced to six months in jail and 10 years probation. He will also have to register as a sex offender and pay more than $1,000 in fines and fees. 

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Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 


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