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September 28, 2012

City man gets four years for sex abuse

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — There were a few words used Thursday in an attempt to describe Robert J. Sawmiller and his actions.

The mother of his victims offered a few words, such as monster and Decepticon, referring to the villainous race of shapeshifting robots from the popular Transformers series.

Sawmiller himself, remorsefully, tried to use the word "sorry."

In the end, New York State Supreme Court Judge Richard C. Kloch used a word to describe Sawmiller's sentence.

"Justice," Kloch said. "That dictates it and nothing else."

Sawmiller was sentenced to four years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for attempted first-degree sexual abuse, an E felony. He also faces 14-year order of protection barring him from contact with the victims and will have to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to the sex abuse charge on June 13.

Sawmiller, 38, Independence Drive, was arrested in March following an incident reported to Lockport City Police and New York State Police by the mother of the victims. The 3-year-old victim told the mother she was inappropriately touched by Sawmiller with an 8-year-old boy in the room at the time of the abuse, the state police arrest report said. Sawmiller had been originally charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, class D felonies, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, class A misdemeanors.

The mother spoke in court prior to the sentencing, saying Sawmiller's actions have had a long and terrible effect on her children. The entire ordeal has darkened the day, everyday, she said. The family was hit with a nuclear explosion, she added.

Some of the worst is when something triggers a memory in their minds, the woman said. That usually leads to some sort of behavior, usually rooted in fear. And worse yet, the parents are still finding out more about Sawmiller's actions.

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