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October 23, 2013

Sex abuse trial begins

Tonawanda News — LOCKPORT — Opening statements began Tuesday in Niagara County Court in the trial of a North Tonawanda man accused of sexually abusing his stepdaughter.

Bradley McNamara, 39, of Division Street, was arrested back in January, after the alleged victim told a friend that she was sexually abused. McNamara allegedly began abusing the girl when she was 11 years old in 2011 and continued for two and a half years, according to the prosecution. 

A Niagara County grand jury charged McNamara with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, attempted second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child in its indictment.

The now 14-year-old girl confided in a friend who convinced her to tell a school guidance counselor about the alleged abuse, according to Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco. 

“The (victim) will testify that she shared a room with her younger sister, McNamara’s biological child, when the abuse began,” Zucco said in his opening statement. 

“She will tell you that the normal bedtime routine changed sometime around the spring of 2011 when the defendant’s hands began to linger on her body, move to her chest and wander further down. The conduct then progressed from there.”

McNamara, who is being represented by attorney Robert Berkun, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McNamara, who is a co-owner of Juicy Vapor, an electronic cigarette company on Niagara Falls Boulevard, has been free awaiting trial after posting $30,000 bail. 

The prosecution laid out a timeline of the alleged sexual abuse for the jury of eight women and four men.

“The abuse escalated in the fall of 2011 when the family moved to Remington Street in North Tonawanda,” Zucco said. “The contact became unmistakable at this point.”

Zucco said that by September 2012, the abuse escalated to oral sexual contact.

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