Tonawanda News

May 30, 2013

NT child rape plea heard

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A North Tonawanda man who allegedly repeatedly sexually abused a young girl has pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court, Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco said. 

Bradley McNamara, 39, of Division Street, was arrested in January. He allegedly began abusing the girl, who police said he knew, when she was 11 years old in 2011. The now 13-year-old girl reported the abuse to an adult. Police Lt. Karen Smith said the abuse had been occurring “everyday to every other day.”

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

McNamara, who is a co-owner of Juicy Vapor, an electronic cigarette company on Niagara Falls Boulevard, was freed after posting $30,000 bail. His case was forwarded to a county grand jury, which returned charges of 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.

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

The case has been scheduled for a pre-trial conference Aug. 16. 

“There are some things we need to do before that date, such as file motions and respond,” Zucco said. 

At the time of the arrest in January, Smith said the case was 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.”