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Ex-Yates legislator admits to felony sex abuse in court: Will be required to register as sex offender

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John “Jack” Clancy, a former Yates County legislator, entered a guilty plea to a class E felony charge of attempted sexual abuse on Monday in the county court.


Prosecutors confirmed that Clancy, who once held a prominent position in the local community, admitted to first-degree attempted sexual abuse, with a sentencing date set for January 29 by Acting County Judge Barry Porsch.

The plea agreement outlined by Judge Porsch includes a maximum of 180 days in jail and a decade of probation.

Additionally, Clancy, age 81, will be required to register as a sex offender. While Casella expressed intentions to recommend incarceration during the sentencing, he noted the final decision rests with the court, taking into account a pre-sentence investigation and potential statements from the victim.

His background as a lawmaker in the 1970s, a local entrepreneur, a GOP committee chair, and a commissioner for Finger Lakes state parks marks a significant fall from grace.

Post-plea, Clancy was released on his own recognizance, coupled with a court-mandated order of protection for the victim.