Local business man sentenced to 15 months

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga businessman James T. Gilbert will go to jail for having sex with an under-age girl. Gilbert was sentenced to 15 months in the Essex County Jail by Judge Richard Meyer in Essex County Court April 24. Gilbert, 34, of 84 Montcalm St., Ticonderoga, pleaded guilty in February to felony third-degree criminal sexual act, misdemeanor third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Meyer sentenced him to one year in the Essex County Jail on the felony and an additional three months for the misdemeanor charge, with the sentences to run consecutively. Gilbert was also fined $6,500, plus $1,168 in restitution to the victims family for their expenses, and $1,370 in fees and surcharges. Gilbert must register as a sex offender upon his release and obey an eight-year order of protection issued for the victim. Gilbert owns the Evolve Business Center in Ticonderoga and had been active in community affairs, serving on several committees and boards.

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