Fort Plain plaza owner heads to prison

FONDA – The owner of a Fort Plain shopping plaza was sentenced to seven years in state prison on Wednesday in connection with sex crimes.

Dennis J. Todd, 63, of 24 Willett St., also was sentenced to post-release supervision for 10 years and mandated to complete state sex offender registration.

Todd was accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old male on 11 occasions. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual act in March.

Todd is the owner of the shopping plaza in Fort Plain which houses Daylight Donuts, Dollar General and Save-A-Lot. The plaza last week was damaged in flooding in the village.

In December 2012, Todd’s plea satisfied all charges of a 12-count indictment, which included first-degree criminal sexual act, 10 counts of second-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

The trial was scheduled for April 15, and Todd would have faced 25 years in state prison if he had been convicted.

Todd was initially arrested in August 2012 after a yearlong investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

A day after his initial arrest, he was taken back into the county jail and charged with assault for allegedly throwing a brick at a TV news photographer.

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