New sentencing deal in Mt. Vernon sex-abuse case; New Rochelle man going to prison

A judge today withdrew his promise to send a Level 3 sex offender to the county jail for groping a Mount Vernon Public Library employee last fall, and will sentence him to state prison on Monday.

Westchester County Judge Jeffrey A. Cohen said 31-year-old Christopher Welch's lengthy rap sheet deserved a prison sentence for his guilty plea to forcible touching as a felony.

Welch, who is from New Rochelle, has 22 prior criminal convictions for misdemeanors. They include sexual abuse and seven counts of public lewdness...


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