LOCKPORT – A Medina man faces life in prison if convicted on child sexual abuse charges unsealed Wednesday in State Supreme Court.
Gerald L. Wolter Jr., 37, of Freeman Road, also has been charged in Orleans County with similar crimes, said Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello.
Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone said Wolter has not yet been indicted there. A preliminary hearing has been waived in Shelby Town Court in Orleans County.
Authorities charged Wolter with sexually abusing two boys in Somerset between May 2011 and January of this year, with one of the boys having allegedly been subjected to a long course of sexual conduct, Donatello said.
She told Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that one of the alleged victims is under 10 years old.
Donatello said one of the boys was also allegedly abused in Orleans County, where two other children allegedly were victimized by Wolter.
Kloch set bail for Wolter at $50,000 and ordered him to return to court for a pretrial conference on Oct. 23. Kloch set a Jan. 21 trial date.
The Niagara County indictment charges Wolter with three counts of predatory sexual assault, with one specifically pegged to a child victim. Those counts each carry a maximum life sentence.
Wolter also faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act; single counts of second- and third-degree criminal sexual act; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
When asked what happened between Wolter and the children, defense attorney Nathan D. Pace answered, “So far as I know, nothing.”