SL man gets prison for failure to register as sex offender

A convicted sex offender from Saranac Lake was sentenced to prison this week for failing to register as a sex offender.

33-year-old James Buckson appeared in Franklin County Court this week before Judge Robert G. Main Jr.

In January, Buckson pleaded guilty for failing to comply with the state's sex offender act as a second felony offender. He was also convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Judge Main sentenced Buckson to consecutive terms of up to 14 years in a state correctional facility for each conviction.

Buckson and his 25-year-old wife, Savanna, were arrested last summer in connection with a burglary that occurred in the town of Westville. Police say the duo broke into a seasonal residence and stole cash, a television, and numerous other items. That incident occurred in January 2010.

The charges came while Buckson was still in jail for failing to register as a sex offender. Investigators say he moved from a residence on state Route 37 in Fort Covington to the Gateway Motel in Malone, failing to inform authorities of the address change within the mandatory 10-day period. His current address is listed at 161 Main Street in Saranac Lake.

Buckson was convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl whom he had been babysitting in 2005.

Judge Main also ordered Buckson to pay restitution in the amount of about $2,000 for the stolen property conviction.

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