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SL man gets prison for sexually abusing young girl

A local man will serve time in state prison for fondling a young female victim last spring.

62-year-old Steven G. Northrop of Saranac Lake was in Franklin County Court earlier this week, where he was sentenced to three years in a state correctional facility.

Appearing before Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Monday, Northrop was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision.

Northrop was taken into custody in May 2010 by Saranac Lake Village Police after exposing himself to a 10-year-old girl and fondling her several times.

He also barred the girl from leaving his residence and threatened her not to report the incident.

Investigators were tipped off to the abuse after receiving an anonymous letter.

Northrop pleaded not guilty to all charges last September, but in January of this year he changed his plea to guilty on the sole count of first-degree sexual abuse.

In other court action this week, Judge Main sentenced a Tupper Lake man to five years of probation and 180 days in Franklin County Jail.

47-year-old Matthew Connor was charged with DWI in October 2009 following a traffic stop on state Route 3 in the town of Tupper Lake. He had been pulled over for changing lanes without signaling.

Connor pleaded guilty to felony DWI in December of last year. He'll also pay a $5,000 fine.

Finally, a Saranac Lake man will serve 180 days in county lock-up after pleading guilty late last year to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

25-year-old Gregory Hayward will also serve five years of probation and pay restitution in the amount of approximately $3,100. He must also pay a fine totaling $2,500.

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