Man Originally Charged With Rape Sentenced To Probation

Man Originally Charged With Rape Sentenced To Probation

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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.

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