Man gets probation in reduced guilty plea

CANTON — A North Lawrence man was sentenced to prison Monday in St. Lawrence County Court for the sexual abuse of another person.

Donald D. Burnham, 51, of 79 Hallahan Road, was sentenced to seven years in prison for his June 26 guilty plea to attempted second-degree aggravated sex abuse, the reduced first count of the indictment charging him with second-degree aggravated sex abuse, two counts of first-degree criminal sex act, all felonies, and misdemeanor forcible touching.

The indictment charges on Sept. 23, in the town of Lawrence, Burnham twice engaged in oral sexual contact with another person by forcible compulsion, engaged in sexual contact with another person and while doing so caused physical injury, and intentionally and forcibly touched intimate parts of another person.

He apologized to the court and the victim and her family before he was led away. During his appearance on Sept. 9 it was reported that he told probation officials that the incident was consensual and the victim was making up the story, followed by a contradicting statement that he forced himself on the other person, including that he had wished he had stopped his drinking, which he said “screwed my life up.”

In addition to his prison sentence, Burnham was sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision, will have to register as a sex offender and had fines, fees and surcharges reduced to judgment.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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