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Plea offer rejected by man accused of sexually abusing child at CNY DSO

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A 36-year-old Rome man accused of predatory sexual assault against a child rejected a plea offer Tuesday in Oneida County Court.

Stephen DeProspero faces five felony charges regarding a 10-year-old boy.

According to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, DeProspero, 36, was being released from the Oneida County Jail on March 2 for a sentence served for possession of child pornography when he was faced with the new charge of first-degree criminal sexual act.

The new charge was lodged after investigators developed information that DeProspero had allegedly sexually abused a child at a local Central New York Developmental Services Office residence where he once worked.

The alleged incidents happened between September 2006 and December 2007.

DeProspero pleaded not-guilty on Tuesday, and is due back in court September 14 to decide on a plea offer from the Oneida County District Attorney's office.

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