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February 14, 2013

Accused NT sex abuser in court

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda resident, Bradley McNamara, who allegedly serially sexually abused a young girl, appeared in North Tonawanda City Court Wednesday afternoon for a conference after his arrest late last month. 

At the district attorney’s request, the conference was adjourned until March 13 while the office looks into moving the case to a grand jury. 

Bradley McNamara, 39, of 35 Division St., was arrested Jan. 29 and charged with second-degree course of sexual misconduct against a child, second-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree rape, all D-felonies. He also was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.

Lt. Karen Smith said McNamara allegedly began abusing the girl when she was 11, and had been doing so “everyday to every other day” for the past two years.

The victim, who is now 13, reported the abuse to a “responsible adult” early on Jan. 29, and later she told police the latest incident occurred Jan. 27.

McNamara agreed to go in for questioning and was charged with the crimes following a lengthy interview about the alleged incidents.

He is now free after posting $30,000 bail.

Although Smith said she encounters many similar incidents, she said McNamara’s case is especially alarming.

“They are all disturbing but this one is particularly disturbing,” she said after the arrest in January. “It’s always a trusted adult and this is an adult that the child trusted.”

McNamara and his lawyer, Robert Berkun, declined to comment on the case Wednesday. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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