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LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A Dansville man was arraigned in county court Tuesday morning on high-level sex offense charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a girl under the age of 12.
Ryan Edmar, 31, stood stock still at the defense table with his attorney, head of the Public Defender’s Office Marcea Clark Tetamore, as District Attorney Greg McCaffrey put the two charges on the record, Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, a B felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, an A misdemeanor.
“In order to spare the victim the ordeal of testifying for the A-II felony of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child,” said DA McCaffrey, “the People are proceeding on the charge of Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree.”
DA McCaffrey made a plea offer to Edmar of 15 years in prison, plus 20 years’ post-release supervision and Registration with the Sex Offender Registry.
DA McCaffrey added that he intends to use Edmar’s admissions to police against him. Edmar said that he is ready to proceed using Tetamore’s advice.
“I have talked it over with my attorney and want to do what she suggested,” said Edmar.
Tetamore said that Edmar was living with his wife, children and stepchildren and she is unsure if he would have any other place to go or find employment. Tetamore added that he was receiving public assistance even before his arrest, and she is not sure what bail he would be able to afford, but requested a bail reduction since he was in custody without bail. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond, and an order of protection was signed in favor of the alleged victim.
Edmar is not a U.S. citizen, being originally from Canada, and Judge Robert Wiggins put on the record that there is a possibility and even a likelihood that he would be deported if he enters a guilty plea.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Livingston County Sheriff’s Office)