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LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda teen pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to fondling a 9-year-old girl in his bedroom during Memorial Day weekend last year.

Jordan L. Hoefert, 17, of Payne Avenue, admitted to first-degree sexual abuse and was scheduled for sentencing March 21 by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. The maximum sentence is seven years is prison, and Hoefert also will be a registered sex offender.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said North Tonawanda police originally charged Hoefert with attempted rape in the May 27 incident.

Defense attorney Patrick McLaughlin said Hoefert has been diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and bipolar syndrome, but he also graduated from high school a year early and is now in college.