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February 20, 2014

Inglima gets a year in sex abuse case

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — The cases of Filippo Inglima are finally over.

In a brief proceeding in Niagara County Court on Wednesday, where the prominent former Falls and Lewiston chef and restaurateur was not present, Inglima was sentenced to a term of one year in the Niagara County Jail for his guilty plea to sexually abusing a young girl.

The sentence will run concurrently to Inglima’s decade-long sentence on a federal drug conspiracy charge. He surrendered to officials at the Federal Correctional Complex in Allenwood, Pa., on Feb. 13 to begin serving his prison time.

Inglima will have to register as a sex offender and will have a hearing just before his federal prison release to determine his sex offender registration (SORA) level. After his release from prison, he is expected to be immediately deported back his native country of Italy.

Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas also signed an order of protection barring Inglima from any contact with the sexual abuse victim.

Inglima was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of second-degree sexual abuse, three counts of third-degree sexual abuse and a single count of endangering the welfare of a child in November 2012. He pleaded guilty in March.

The popular chef was accused of “sexually touching” and having “sexual contact” with a then 14-year-old girl beginning in July 2004 and continuing that contact until July 2005. He was also charged with sexually abusing the same victim, now 22, while she worked at a South End restaurant he operated in the Falls in July 2011.

The victim in the case was not present in court on Wednesday either. She did appear at Inglima’s last county court hearing in early February.

At that time, Assistant District Attorney Robert Zucco said the victim had sent a letter to Farkas telling the judge about the impact the crime has had on her life.

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