Batavia man guilty of child rape charge

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BATAVIA — A Batavia man faces up to seven years in state prison after he admitted Tuesday in Genesee County Court that he sexually assaulted a child.

Hezekiah Burch, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree rape.

First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Finnell said the plea comes with the promise that Burch will receive no more than a seven-year prison term, with a minimum term of three years and six months.

Judge Charles Zambito set sentencing for Sept. 21.

Burch was arrested in March after a city police investigation into allegations that he forcibly raped a child under 15 years old in January.

He had been charged with two counts of first-degree rape by forcible compulsion, first-degree sexual abuse and attempted first-degree sexual abuse.

The rapes happened during a one-month time span, police said.

The case was not presented to a grand jury.

Burch on Tuesday waived his right to a grand jury proceeding and accepted the plea deal.

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