Friday, September 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm

Two county men in court for sex-related crimes

posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, crime, news, Perry, Arcade, Java.

Two county men charged with sex crimes were in Wyoming County Court before Judge Michael Mohun Sept. 28.

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       Clifford Murch

Clifford Murch, 21, of Perry, was sentenced to two years in prison, five years post-release supervision, and fees and surcharges on the conviction of rape in the second degree, a Class D felony.

Mark Owens, 50, of Arcade, pled guilty to criminal sexual act in the third degree, a Class E felony.

Murch was charged Dec. 8 with rape in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child under 17 years old.

In August 2016 Murch was 20 years old and on parole for an unrelated crime when he raped the child. At the time of his arrest, he was put in Wyoming County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.

In February he pled not guilty to the crime and bail was set again at $20,000 cash. An order of protection was also issued.

During his Aug. 30 court appearance, he pled guilty to the rape charge.

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       Mark Owens

Owens was charged April 20 with sexual abuse in the third degree following an investigation of an incident that happened in the Town of Java.

During his recent court appearance, he waived indictment on the abuse charge, as well as criminal sexual act in the third degree, a Class E felony, and sexual abuse in the third degree, a Class B felony.

Orders of protection were issued against both men.

Owens is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 7.

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