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Auburn man pleads guilty to repeated sexual contact with child

A 71-year-old Auburn man will likely spend two years behind bars for repeated sexual contact with a young girl.

In Cayuga County Court Thursday morning John Stevens, of 83 Fitch Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class D felony.

Judge Thomas Leone said that between May 2013 and July 2017 Stevens engaged in two or more acts of sexual conduct with a child. During that time frame, the girl was about 6 to 10 years old.

“In all honesty, I’m aware of what the offer is, and I’m a little concerned about it,” Leone said, referring to the plea-deal offer of two years in prison and 10 years post-release supervision on the table for Stevens.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Heather De Stefano said that “thankfully” in this case the abuse was only two instances. The girl’s family was OK with the plea deal, she indicated to Leone.

After about a five minute private in-chambers conversation with Stevens’ defense attorney, Rome Canzano, and De Stefano, Leone said the court would go along with the plea deal.

While pleading guilty, Stevens admitted to abusing the girl twice in the four-year period.

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