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July 1, 2013

W Va. man charged in Lockport with sex abuse

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

A former Lockport resident now living in West Virginia was arrested Saturday by State Police in Lockport and faces a trio of felony sexual abuse charges.

Andrew K. Peyatt, 55, of Glen Avenue, Bridgeport, WV, was arrested in the town of Lockport after State Police received a complainant from a Niagara County resident that detailed sexual abuse by Peyatt that began over 10 years ago.

The investigation revealed that Peyatt subjected the victim to sexual abuse when he was visiting the area.

State Police Investigator Tom Gibbons said it's not uncommon for victims to wait several years before reporting sex abuse crimes. He explained that every situation is different.

"Sometimes it depends on how old the victim was when the abuse started," Gibbons said. "If the victim was a child first it may take a while for the abuse to manifest.

Gibbons said sometimes a victim doesn't gather enough emotional strength to speak up about the abuse.

"That's one of the reasons why the statute of limitations was changed," Gibbons added.

Gibbons declined to say whether the victim in this case was a child when the abuse began.

Peyatt faces charges of rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree and aggravated sexual abuse in the third degree.

Gibbons said all of the charges stem from accusations of forcible compulsion.

He was arraigned before Town of Lockport Judge Raymond Schilling and was remanded to the Niagara County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.