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Man pleads guilty in sex case

October 13, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A Gloversville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court in an underage sex case and faces 17 years in state prison.

Michael Mauro, 51, of 7 Burr St., entered his guilty plea before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one felony count of first-degree course of sexual conduct. Sentencing was adjourned until Nov. 27, but he is expected to receive 17 years in state prison, with 10 years post-release supervision and a stay-away order.

Mauro was arrested by Gloversville police June 11 and charged with one felony count of predatory sexual assault against a child.

Police said he had sexual contact with an 8-year-old girl. An investigation was initiated after the Gloversville Police Detective Unit was contacted by Fulton County Child Protective Services and advised of an alleged sexual offense against a child, police said.

In other court action from Thursday:

Jimmy Murray Jr., 20, no address available, was sentenced by Giardino to two years in state prison and one year of post-release supervision, as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was based on his Aug. 1 guilty plea to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Murray was charged May 11 in Gloversville after being stopped by police in a vehicle on Fremont Street. Police said Murray threw a glass pipe used for smoking crack cocaine after officers stopped the vehicle. After a brief struggle, Murray was taken into custody, police said. During a search of Murray, officers found 1.8 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale, police said.

Matthew M. Fregin, 22, of 5 Carpenter St., Gloversville, was sentenced by Giardino to one year in the county jail and $1,000 restitution as part of a plea arrangement.

He pleaded guilty Aug. 8 before Giardino to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as part of a plea arrangement.

Fregin was charged Aug. 2 by Gloversville police with criminal possession of stolen property. He was charged in connection with a home burglary on South Judson Street in which firearms, a laptop computer and prescription drugs were stolen.

Elijah Jacobs, 21, of Gloversville, pleaded guilty before Giardino to one count of second-degree attempted rape, as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was adjourned until Nov. 26, but he is expected to receive 2 1/2 years in state prison.

He was arrested Aug. 1 on two felony counts after an investigation determined he had a sexual relationship with a girl who was 12 at the time it started, according to Gloversville police. Jacobs, who was 20 at the time of the incident, was arrested by detectives at his residence at the YMCA housing facility, 19 E. Fulton St. He was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, both felonies, after a joint investigation by the city Police Department and the Fulton County Department of Social Services.

Mitchell S. Swart, 27, of 138 Fremont St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary before Giardino as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was adjourned until Nov. 26, but he is expected to receive two to four years in state prison.

Police said an investigation was launched Nov. 15, 2011, by Gloversville police into a reported burglary at the Salvation Army, 10 Spring St. During the investigation, the Detective Division secured blood samples left at the scene by a suspect. Samples were submitted to the state police crime lab for analysis. A match was made to the DNA profile of Swart already on file, police said. A control sample from the suspect verified the match, detectives said.

Earlier this year, Swart was charged with burglarizing the Church of the Holy Spirit on South Main Street. Police said they found his fingerprints and palm prints on the windows in that case.

Previously, Swart was convicted in another local burglary and served time at the Sing Sing state correctional facility in Westchester County before being released on parole in 2008.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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