Man Originally Charged With Rape Sentenced To Probation
A West Carthage man originally charged with rape and several other charges was sentenced Wednesday to three years' probation on a lesser charge.
Hawthorne Potts was found guilty of one count of second-degree unlawful surveillance in a non-jury trial in Jefferson County Court in July.
He was indicted last year on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree rape, second-degree unlawful surveillance, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree harassment, and petit larceny.
The charge he was convicted of stems from when he took a picture of the victim during an intimate moment.
He was originally accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him in Watertown in 2016.
Potts says he was falsely accused of rape and maintains his innocence, but prosecutors say the victim was credible.