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Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while establishing strong penalties for non-compliance.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand introduces campus sex assault bill

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped introduce a bill yesterday to combat the high rates of sexual assaults on college campuses. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.  Go to full article

Gillibrand says she'll revive military sexual assault bill

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she plans to keep fighting for a bill that would change the way rape and sexual assault crimes are prosecuted in the US military.

She says thousands of service members now being assaulted each year deserve more protection.  Go to full article
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Former North Country priest convicted of raping altar boys

A former North Country priest has been convicted of raping two Queensbury-area altar boys in the mid-1980s.

A jury in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, reached the verdict yesterday after deliberating for two hours. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff receives 12 year sentence after child sex plea

Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff will spend the next twelve and a half years in Federal prison, following his sentencing yesterday in an Albany courtroom.

Once one of the most powerful Republican lawmakers in the North Country, Ortloff was arrested in 2008 after arranging what he believed was a sexual encounter with two pre-teen girls.

Before handing down the sentence, US district court Judge Thomas McAvoy told Ortloff that his crimes were "unbelievable" and "scary."

Brian Mann was in the courtroom yesterday afternoon and has our story.  Go to full article
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff sentencing tomorrow

After months of delay, former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow on charges that he attempted to have sex with two underage girls.

Ortloff was arrested in 2008 and has been behind bars since April of last year.

Federal prosecutors say he has been cooperating with police, who are pursuing other sexual predators.

Ortloff's efforts are expected to win him a reduced sentence.

But as Brian Mann reports the disgraced lawmaker still faces at least a decade behind bars.  Go to full article

County Surveys Attitudes on Sex Offenders

If you live in St. Lawrence County, you may be getting a phone call to talk about sex offenders. The county's probation office is conducting a phone survey to find out people's attitudes about people who commit sex-related crimes. More than 250 sex offenders live in St. Lawrence County. About 100 of them are supervised by the probation office. Director Francine Perretta says the survey is part of an effort to better help victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and those who live near them. She spoke with David Sommerstein. She says the survey asks people to evaluate various statements.  Go to full article

New York State Forest Ranger Arrested for Sexual Assault on Children

State police arrested a New York state forest ranger yesterday for allegedly having sex with children over a period of several years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Former North Country Priest Sued For Sexual Assault

A Saratoga county man is suing two former priests and the Roman Catholic diocese of Albany for alleged sexual abuse. The case was filed on Tuesday. 41-year-old Michael Mooney claims he was molested in the early seventies and hopes to win three million dollars in compensation. As Brian Mann reports, one of the priests worked as a minister at the Glens Falls hospital in the 1990s after receiving counseling for alleged sexual misconduct.  Go to full article

Take Back the Night Rally in Potsdam

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. To show support for survivors of sexual abuse, a Take Back the Night rally will be held at the Potsdam Gazebo in Ives Park tonight. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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