Tonawanda News

January 31, 2013

NT man charged for sex abuse

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda man was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly sexual abusing a young girl who police said he knew. 

Police Lt. Karen M. Smith said the girl reported the abuse to a "responsible adult" early Tuesday and was interviewed a short while later. The accused, Bradley McNamara, 39, volunteered to come to the department for questioning the same day. 

After a lengthy interview, Smith said there was a preponderance of evidence to charge McNamara with a slew of crimes for the alleged incidents, which she indicated began in 2011 and continued "everyday to every other day."  

"He's been abusing the child for almost two years on a very regular basis," she said. 

McNamara, 39, 35 Division St., was charged at 6:03 p.m. 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. 

He was arraigned in North Tonawanda City Court on Wednesday and is free after posting $30,000 bail.  

Police said the abuse took place at two North Tonawanda addresses beginning when the victim was 11 years old. Now 13, the victim told police the most recent occurrence was on Sunday. 

"That was the last incident," Smith said, "and then of course we found out about it on the 29th." 

As head of the juvenile aid bureau of the department, Smith said she often encounters crimes involving sexual abuse, though McNamara's case is especially egregious. 

"They are all disturbing but this one is particularly disturbing," she said. "It's always a trusted adult and this is an adult that the child trusted." 

McNamara is scheduled to appear in North Tonawanda City Court for a conference on Feb. 13, though Smith expects the case to eventually move to Niagara County Court.