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January 7, 2014

Beekmantown man accepts plea deal

PLATTSBURGH — Leonard Cormier has pleaded guilty to two felonies and a misdemeanor charge in a sexual abuse case involving a young woman with Down syndrome.

"He's going to get eight years in state prison," Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Domenica Padula said on Monday.

On Friday, the Beekmantown man, 74, admitted to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, and one count of second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.

He had been slated to stand trial starting today on charges of second-degree rape for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled person and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act for allegedly engaging in oral sexual contact with a mentally disabled person, both felonies.

Cormier also faced five counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, for allegedly subjecting a person who is incapable of consent to sexual contact.

Instead, Padula said, he will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, before Judge Timothy Lawliss in Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

"It's a great outcome," she said. "(The victim's) family is very pleased with this."

Cormier will also be subject to 10 years of post-release supervision, have to provide a DNA sample and will have to register as a sex offender.

What level, Padula said, "won't be determined until he's released from prison."

A stay-away order of protection will be issued as well, she said.

Cormier waived his right to appeal.

Out on $5,000 bail, he will remain free until sentencing, said Padula, who prosecuted the case with Assistant DA Jaime Douthat.

He was originally arrested on July 11, 2012.

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