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May 5, 2011

Court actions published May 5, 2011

Prison for Lockport child abuser

A Lockport man convicted of beating up his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son was sentenced last week to three years in state prison. The sentence was also a part of other charges against the defendant on separate occasions.

Christopher C. Starkweather, 21, 303 S. Niagara St., Apt. upper, was charged by Lockport police with first-degree assault of the toddler.

The other separate charges included a second-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge and third-degree criminal sale of a fire arm after he admitted to attempting to sell a stolen handgun.

And after a lengthy investigation by Lockport police, Starkweather was charged in October with first-degree assault after police found he “harmed” a 3 1/2-year-old boy, Detective Lt. Scott Seekins said.

The assault reportedly happened June 17 at a High Street apartment where Starkweather was living with the mother of the boy.

Seekins said at the time of the incident, Starkweather was watching the boy while the mother was at work. A report said when the mother came home, she noticed her son had a breathing problem and then passed out.

The 3-year-old was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo where he was “unresponsive” in the intensive care unit, Seekins said.

Police said Starkweather was responsible for the child’s condition after he punched the boy in the stomach and nearly took his life, Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said.

In court last week, Sloma said Starkweather blamed drugs on his actions.

Guilty plea for teen rapist

An Akron teen pleaded guilty last week to sexually abusing a 6-year-old and 15-year-old in Lockport last year.

Collinraye J. Boskat, 17, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree criminal trespass.

While Boskat was out on bail from abusing the 6-year-old-girl, he raped a 15-year-old girl last February.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said the plea deal also took care of an alleged rape in Newfane.

The defendant faces up to 14-years in state prison at sentencing June 28.

Boskat is currently being held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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