Gloversville sex offender gets three-year term

JOHNSTOWN – A Gloversville sex offender – convicted of inappropriately touching two young girls – was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to three years in state prison.

William Warner III, 43, of 18 Oakland Ave. and 41 Walnut St., also was sentenced by Judge Richard C. Giardino to five years of post-release supervision as part of a plea arrangement.

The sentence stemmed from Warner’s Aug. 8 guilty plea to one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

He was arrested April 8 in Gloversville for the second time in two weeks for sex abuse. He was charged April 8 with first-degree sex abuse, a felony.

Police said Warner already was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail for an April 3 arrest for first-degree sex abuse for allegedly touching an 8-year-old girl inappropriately in 2007.

Police charged him with another count of first-degree sexual abuse after a separate investigation into a report Warner had inappropriate sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl while at his residence on Oakland Avenue in 2010. While Warner had the young girl seated on his lap, police said, he began to touch her inappropriately.

In other County Court cases Wednesday:

– Geoffrey Marple, 43, of 10 Lincoln St., Gloversville, was sentenced by Giardino to two to four years in state prison as a second felony offender.

In a plea arrangement entered Aug. 8, Marple had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary.

He was arrested June 16 by Gloversville police, charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Police said officers, while on patrol, saw a man carrying numerous items near Temple and Lincoln streets. Officers determined Marple was in possession of stolen property and had just burglarized Bree’s Bargains on North Main Street, police said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.