Ithaca, N.Y. — A local man accused of assaulting a child pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in Tompkins County Court Wednesday morning, according to court officials.

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Christopher Brown, 35, of Trumansburg Road in Ulysses, was originally charged with second-degree assault in connection with allegations that he attacked a child younger than 7-years-old in 2013.

Appearing before Judge John Rowley on Wednesday, Brown pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the second degree in “satisfaction of all charges” brought against him in the indictment, according to court officials.

The crime occurred between Nov. 6, 2013, and Nov. 8, 2013, records show.

“The defendant knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child,” records said, “or director or authorized such child to engage in occupation involving a substantial risk of danger to his life or health.”

While he was awaiting the assault trial, Brown was again arrested by Ithaca police officers on felony drug charges.

As previously reported, Brown was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and one misdemeanor. Abdullah Yoda, 18, was also charged with the same felony and two misdemeanor counts.

Police say Yoda was found to be in possession of crack cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and marijuana. Brown was found in possession of 96 Oxycodone tablets for which he did not have a prescription and 1 gram of heroin, police say.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.