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September 28, 2012

City man gets four years for sex abuse

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"Not knowing what's next is hardest," the mother said. "What horrors we'll uncover."

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello blasted a "ridiculous" report that said Sawmiller's sexual frustrations from his marriage are what led to his actions. To put any blame on his wife was appalling and heartless, Donatello said. 

"These reports don't take into account what you just saw (the mother speaking)," Donatello said.

Sawmiller apologized for his "horrible mistake," saying he needed professional help. 

"I failed you," he said to the family of the victims.

Kloch called Sawmiller's actions, despicable and deviant. He offered sympathy to the family of the victims.

"Decepticons always lose," the judge said.

• In other court news, a city woman was sentenced to a year in Niagara County Jail for assaulting a man with a knife in June.

Joyce A. Schwarz, 30, East Avenue, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Sara S. Farkas for attempted second-degree assault, a class E felony. She pleaded guilty to the reduced charge in July.

According to a Lockport city police report, Schwarz cut the victim with a silver knife during an altercation on June 24. 

Schwarz was screened for mental health court treatment, since she had told the judge in July she has been dealing with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders for some time without medication.

Schwarz was to be appropriate for the court, but attorney Michael Benedict said Schwarz would be better off serving a sentence then moving to Erie County where her family is. It would serve as a better support system for her, he said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241.

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