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LOCKPORT – A Level 3 sex offender was arraigned in Niagara County Court on Tuesday and charged with molesting three children in the Barker and Middleport areas between August 2012 and March of this year.

Sean M. Vickers, 44, of Geneva, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to an indictment that includes six counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, each of which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Vickers also is charged with three counts each of first-degree sexual abuse and first- and second-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas that Vickers has a child sexual-abuse indictment pending in Genesee County, and the stories of two other alleged victims are to be presented to a grand jury in that county next month.

Those victims are now adults. The probe into those incidents began in Genesee County in the middle of the last decade, Donatello said.

In 1990, Vickers was convicted of a sexual misdemeanor in Monroe County, and in 2009 he was convicted of a felony in New Hampshire. Both cases pertained to contact with underage boys.

Vickers was being held in Genesee County Jail after not posting $500,000 bail there, but Farkas denied him any bail on the Niagara County charges.

In April, The Buffalo News reported that Vickers was wanted on two Somerset Town Court arrest warrants accusing him of sexually abusing two boys younger than 13 in that northeastern Niagara County town, where the Village of Barker is located. Since then, a third alleged victim has come forward in the Middleport area.

Vickers’ brother, David A. Vickers, 49, was charged May 20 in U.S. District Court in Buffalo with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity, a charge that also carries a maximum life sentence.

The elder Vickers was accused of molesting a boy from Buffalo over a 10-year period starting in 1989, and a Batavia boy over a five-year period that allegedly began in 1999. The FBI said that Sean Vickers introduced his brother to the Batavia boy.

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