Teen pleads to sex act with boy PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANDREA VanVALKENBURG, Staff Writer   
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Moments before his case was set to go to trial, a local teen pleaded guilty to trying to engage in inappropriate sex acts with a 12-year-old boy.
Almost a year after his arrest, Andrew Spring of Champlain has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge of first-degree attempted criminal sex act.
The 19-year-old was originally facing a felony charge of first-degree criminal sex act in connection with the alleged abuse, but he appeared with attorney Daniel Gaudreau Tuesday morning before Judge Patrick McGill and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
According to the Clinton County District Attorney's Office, the negotiated plea came after consultation with all parties involved and will spare the victim from having to testify in court.
Spring, who was 18 at the time of the incident, is scheduled to return to Clinton County Court June 14 for sentencing.
He faces a possible sentence of either 10 years of probation or a 31/2 to 15 years in prison, depending on whether he is granted youthful-offender status.
Spring could be required to register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry if he is not granted youth status during sentencing.



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