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Weedsport man admits to long-term child abuse ahead of trial: Faces life sentence

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Michael Peterson, a 42-year-old resident of Weedsport, confessed to the continuous sexual abuse of a young girl under 13 for nearly six years.

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Cayuga County District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci announced on Thursday that Peterson entered his guilty plea to charges of predatory sexual assault against a child.

This admission came before an impending jury trial.

Scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 9, Peterson faces a compulsory prison term ranging from 14 years to a lifetime.

The prosecution was led by Senior Assistant District Attorney Heather De Stefano, and Peterson’s arrest in September 2022 followed an investigation by the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office.