Man admits sex abuse

SARANAC LAKE – A local resident has admitted to sexually abusing a woman.

John Sovey, 46, of Saranac Lake, plead guilty to first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, during an appearance Monday in Franklin County Court in Malone.

Sovey was arrested in November by village police after he allegedly forced his hand into the pants of a woman and, after being told to stop, forcibly touched her genitals.

Sovey had been indicted by a Franklin County Grand jury in March on a single count of first-degree sexual abuse. He initially pleaded not guilty.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2014.