CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) – Lawrence Campbell of Breesport has accepted a plea deal after an investigation found nine victims of sexual abuse, according to the Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore.
Campbell was charged in three separate indictments with 13 counts of various child sex crimes. The charges involved five different child victims, two of whom are now adults and three of whom are still children. The allegations related to sexual abuse that was alleged to have occurred between 2002 and 2016.
Today, Campbell pleaded guilty in the Chemung County Court, Hon. Richard W. Rich presiding, to Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree. In pleading guilty, Campbell admitted to receiving oral sex from a child less than 13 years old on more than two occasions between 2006 and 2009. Additionally, he admitted to touching a five-year-old’s genitals for his own sexual gratification. Campbell’s guilty pleas satisfy the 11 remaining child sex abuse charges, in addition to recently-opened investigations as to allegations of sexual abuse by four other children.
At sentencing, Campbell will receive an 18-year determinate prison term as to the Course of Conduct charge and the maximum 7-year term on the Sexual Abuse charge, together with 5 years post-release supervision. Additionally, Campbell will be required to register as a sex offender. As part of his plea, Campbell agreed to permit other alleged victims and family speak or offer written statements at the time of sentencing.
Defendant will be sentenced on May 24, 2021
Assistant District Attorneys William VanDelinder and Kathryn Hansen prosecuted the case, with the diligent assistance of Investigator Michael Marrone.
In Nov. 2019, Campbell was indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury on one count of Rape in the First Degree, a Class B Violent Felony, three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, Class B Felonies, and five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Class D Felonies.
In December of 2018, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations that Campbell sexually assaulted three females, two four-year-olds and one five-year-old in 2015.
During the investigation, additional female victims were identified. Those victims alleged Campbell sexually assaulted them over ten years ago, at which time they were five and six years old.
Campbell was arrested as a Fugitive From Justice in Pennsylvania and extradited back to the State of New York.
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, Chemung County Child Advocacy Center, Chemung County Child Protective Services, and the Chemung County District Attorney’s Office.