LEICESTER – A Leicester man is facing several felony sexual assaults, including predatory sexual assault, in connection with an investigation in which he allegedly had sexual contact with a juvenile less than 13 years old, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher L. Wilmet, 32, was arrested Aug. 31 and charged with predatory sexual assault against a child a Class A-II felony; first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a Class B felony; and first-degree rape, a Class B felony.
The most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, carries a minimum sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison with no prior felony convictions, and could include a sentence of life in prison.
The investigation alleges that Wilmet had sexual contact on several occasions between May 2016 and May 2020 with a juvenile victim who was younger than 13 years old, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wilmet was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention as the offenses did qualify to pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act.
The District Attorney’s Office requested that Wilmet be held without the chance of bail due to one of the charges being an A-II felony – among the most serious charges that can be filed – and that Wilmet has multiple previous felony-level convictions.
Wilmet was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Nunda Justice Emily Stoufer, who remanded Wilmet to the custody of the Sheriff without the chance of bail.
Wilmet has served time in state prison for a variety of offenses on four different occasions. Most recently, he was sentenced in November 2014 in Livingston County Court to 2 to 4 years in state prison for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a Class D felony, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Wilmet appealed the sentence in state Supreme Court claiming an unlawful search and questioning the credibility of law enforcement officer’s testimony regarding the finding of a marijuana pipe in plain view. Wilmet claimed ownership of the pipe, according to court documents, which led to a subsequent search by the officer who found metal knuckles in Wilmet’s pants pocket and a the weapons charge. The state Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, affirmed the original judgement from Livingston County Court.
Wilmet was later given a merit release to parole in May 2016, according to DOCCS.
Previously, he was sentenced to 18 months in state prison in 2011 after pleading guilty in Livingston County Court to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana. He was released to parole on Dec. 18, 2012, for two years of post-release supervision, according to DOCCS.
Wilmet also served time in state prison following an April 2008 conviction on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. He was sentenced to 1 to 3 years and released to parole on July 22, 2008, according to DOCCS.
Wilmet’s first stint in prison came in March 2006 after being sentenced to 1 to 3 years following a conviction on three counts of grand larceny.