LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to an eight-count indictment accusing him of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
Thomas R. Murray II, 38, of 87th Street, is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and single counts of second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation, criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree menacing and third-degree sexual abuse.
The latter charge stemmed from an alleged incident during the week of Dec. 3, and all the others allegedly occurred Dec. 11, when Murray is accused of forcing the girl into sex acts, choking her and threatening her with a piece of broken glass.
Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said Murray has past felony and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated convictions, and told police he was highly intoxicated at the time of the Dec. 11 incident. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas allowed Murray to remain free on a $20,000 bail bond.