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September 2, 2010 - 2:53pm

Batavia man with lengthy criminal past sent to prison for five years

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.

Brandon C. Dodd, a 24-year-old whose name has been well known to local law enforcement for close to a decade, is going to prison for the first time in his life.

mug_brandon_dodd.jpgWhile he hoped for probation, he knew prison was a possibility. When Judge Robert C. Noonan showed no leniency today, Dodd became emotional.

A few minutes after being told he was going to spend five years in prison and another three on parole, the Batavia resident let out a little sob and his attorney, Fred Rarick, put a comforting hand on his shoulder.

As Dodd was escorted from the courtroom in an orange jail suit and shackles, Dodd's emotions apparently got the better of him. He lashed out at Noonan, saying something about "pedophiles."

Noonan said, "Just a minute, bring him back in here, please," and the deputy escorted Dodd back into the courtroom.

"Would you please repeat on the record what you just said," Noonan said.

"I hope you continue to let all the pedophiles walk the street and save all of the probation  for those people," Dodd said.

Noonan then explained to Dodd that when he comes up for parole, the first thing the parole board will do is look at the transcript of today's hearing, and they will take into consideration what Dodd did and said.

Dodd said something about not caring as he was taken again from the courtroom, and a deputy later said that Dodd continued to mouth off all the way back to the jail.

Ironically, as Dodd was leaving, a man sentenced to state prison in Genesee County Court was coming in to face new child-sex charges.

In July, Dodd entered a guilty plea to a reduced burglary charge, limiting his maximum jail time from 15 to five years.

On March 18, Dodd and a partner forced their way into a house on Vine Street and, through the residents reportedly fought back, the duo left with money and property.

It turns out that what Dodd reportedly stole was $4,000 in cash and a stash of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Attorney Rarick, before Dodd's outburst, requested a probation sentence for Dodd, saying the young offender was ready to turn his life around, get counseling, and become a productive member of society.

As evidence of Dodd's repentance, Rarick said Dodd made a full admission to all of his past crimes, including some he was never charged with, during his pre-sentencing interview. Dodd allegedly admitted to dealing drugs in Batavia.

"He was extremely honest," Rarick said. "I think he was flushing it all out and saying 'these are the things I've done in my life and I don't want to do them any more.'"

Rarick said there was no excuse for Dodd's past crimes, but he blamed it on drug and alcohol use and hanging out with the wrong crowd.

"The fact that you came clean with probation is not refuted here," Noonan said. "I'm just not willing to ignore that you engaged in extensive criminal conduct in our community. While it may have been all related to whether you were involved in drugs doesn't excuse yourself at all. You're fortunate you negotiated a favorable plea deal."

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I applaude you Judge Noonan.
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I know quite often Judge Noonan is criticized for his decisions but one like this should be applauded. There's no need for people like this in our community, plain and simple. I've seen this kid around town for many years and he is nothing but a loud punk.
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I also applaud Judge Noonan's decision, and I am not excusing Brandon's actions, but he got screwed from an early age, poor guy never had much of a chance, he was however, given a break before and spit in the face of society and thumbed his nose at the break he had been given he thought he could fight the law....but as the song goes....The Law one!! (Somebody please post the song, I am on a public computer and it won't let me!!!) Waiting for his Mom to post her response, she has in the past!
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He still got off easy. I would love to hear all the crap he did admit to that he got away with. That's your break young man. Justice has been served, till you get out !
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Gary, here is the real version:
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about time. but what happened to the people that he robbed. there was a tip given to the genesse county drug task force months before. about the young lady selling mushrooms. p.s. she is still selling drugs Mr Welker the nest one to go in that house should be DTF
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"...young lady selling mushrooms." She may be young, but she's no lady.
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The Dead Kennedys version:
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Those are some pretty serious public accusations Mr. Edson.
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I'm going to take a wild guess and say there is WAAAAAAAAY more to this story than Dennis's version.
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For some background information, Mr. Reese's conviction was for statutory rape over 12 years ago. There was no force. The victim was a willing participant but, at 15, she wasn't old enough to consent. I'm not saying he is innocent but I'm pretty sure your 6 month old is safe.
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Gee, Dennis, your story seems to have changed quite a bit since December 24, 2009. So did your head hit the hood or the partition? What happened to the middle finger story?
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Dennis, not sure what your little story has to do with the story you commented on but many Batavian redaers will remember you: Dennis Edson, age unknown, of Porter Avenue, Batavia, was charged with disorderly conduct this morning. Edson allegedly flipped off a police officer while he and others observed the accident activity on Ellicott Street this morning from in front of the Court House. Lt. Eugene Jankwoski described Edson as somebody known to police for allegedly making the same gesture toward cops in the past, but has generally been ignored. This morning, Edson allegedly did it in front of a crowd of people. Edson then allegedly resisted arrest. Jankowski also said that Edson "got mouthy" with City Court Judge Robert Balbick. Balbick ordered Edson held on $1,000 bail.
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D.
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So is it
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Posted by Dennis Edson on December 24, 2009 - 3:58pm "I had $1000 bail for just giving a cop the middle finger allegedly.Oh and not passing out while handcuffed and being choked by Officer Davis is resisting arrest.Additionally I didnt allow my head to be smashed into the hood while handcuffed too.Will Judge Balbick threaten me again as I beg him to look at my wrists? The knowing look from the Officers was enough for the Judge." But you say you did not allow your head to be hit? And why are you so worried about your 6 month being bothered by a sex offender? Are you leaving he/she in the front yard alone?
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Dennis, Was this guy a "child molester", or did he have sex with a willing partner, who was under the age of consent, as Beth said? Are you telling us he forced himself on her? Did you have your trial and did or will you, ask for a jury trial. Were you found guilty of the charges and if so what was the penalty if any?
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sex with a minor Get real.
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Dennis, I took the information exactly as provided from the police. If you have a beef with the information provided, your beef is with the police, not me. It's also worth noting that you've never denied that you go around flipping off police officers. If that is something you have repeatedly done, that seems especially imprudent and in my mind calls into question the veracity of anything you say, especially in relation to your view of the conduct and actions of police officers. Police officers don't have time to go around looking for trouble. They are too busy dealing with the people actually creating trouble. Don't make trouble, and they will leave you alone.
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Howard, pleeeeease, flip someone off
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Actually Frank, the parents didn't want to press charges but once the police found out about it (by an anonymous call if I recall), they were forced to take action. I'm not saying what he did was right. He knows it was the biggest mistake in his life and he is paying the price for it every day. My concern is that when you mix statutory rapists up with the more dangerous predatory sexual offenders on the sex offender registry, it waters it down. It used to be that you could only view level 3 offenders that were viewed as the worst of the worst. Then they added level 2's and on some websites you can see the level 1's. I also wish that all of the offenders in the federal detention center weren't listed under Genesee County - people who probably never stepped foot in our county and probably never will.
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Frank, The impression being created by Dennis is that of somebody attacking babies. I want him to clear this up. I also want to know why this guy would, if he did, threaten Dennis and his family. Most sex offenders don't just go around threatening people. They try to keep a very low profile because of their crime. The last thing they want is attention drawn to them.
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status of sex .
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Frank, A minor can not give legal consent. There have been a few 18 and 17 year boys listed on this very site that have been arrested for sex with their 16 or 15 year old girlfriend. That's Statutory Rape.
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Frank, here's the disorderly conduct statute. Relavant section highlighted: § 240.20 Disorderly conduct. A person is guilty of disorderly conduct when, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof: 1. He engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or 2. He makes unreasonable noise; or 3. In a public place, he uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture; or 4. Without lawful authority, he disturbs any lawful assembly or meeting of persons; or 5. He obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic; or 6. He congregates with other persons in a public place and refuses to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse; or 7. He creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose. Disorderly conduct is a violation.
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Frank back in the day, it pretty much had to be that the parents wanted to press charges. Not so much anymore. We had a case when I used to work in Genesee County where the hospital reported it to the authorities when the victim gave birth and the father signed the birth certificate. They did the math and, as mandated reporters, they had to report it and the father was arrested.
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Frank, So, if because of your past, one of your neighbors started calling you a drunk all the time, and after awhile you threatened to hit him, and then he called the cops, who is really at fault? You because you threatened him, or the guy who thinks he has to right to keep harassing and calling you names? We'll never really know, but hypothetically, could Dennis have been calling this guy a child molester and the guy, after being provoked, made a threat? And if Dennis has a habit of giving people the finger, you might believe Denis started all this. Or this guy for no reason, just took a dislike to Dennis and did start it all. Just seems there is more to this story.
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Dennis, It clearly stated you lived on Porter Ave, so not giving your house number, or age, doesn't mean anyone wanted to make people thought you were homeless. What was the end result of the arrest? Why do you think a guy who had been arrested 12 years earlier would threaten you out of the clear blue. Why did you make it seem he was a sexual predator, like you say people tried to make it seem like you were homeless?
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These are the reasons I left Batavia and why I'm never living there again.
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Frank, Howard put up a post awhile ago that will clear that up for you.
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Thanks Howard
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wise choice, .
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fingers stuck
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With statements like that Frank is why your always in the middle of controversy. Are you the only adult in the USA that does not know what that gesture means. Keep fighting it Frank.
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What reasons Chris? Would you care to expound upon this statement?
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Frank, If you Google "origin of middle finger thee is a ton on info: From Wikopeadia: It is identified as the digitus impudicus (impudent finger) in Ancient Roman writings[1] and reference is made to using the finger in ancient Greek comedy to insult another person. The widespread usage of the finger in many cultures is likely due to the geographical influence of the Roman Empire and Greco-Roman civilization. Another possible origin of this gesture can be found in the first-century Mediterranean world, where extending the digitus impudicus was one of many methods used to divert the ever-present threat of the evil eye.[2]
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Chris Olin, I was wondering if this is you ? (Christopher D. Olin, 21, 679 E. Main St., Batavia). Did you recently move ?
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Mike, stop trying
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checking up
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Like I said
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Frank, If you think it is normal to go around flipping people off, then I have to wonder. I find it childish, rude and vulgar. People who think it's nothing big are the reason society is the mess it is. We are in an "all about me" society where there is no respect for other people. Do you think this behavior is ok in front of children? What kind of message do you think that sends to a child? I am sure if you are on Main St. there are plenty of children observering this assinine behavior.
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Bud, not really. Frank sees exactly how things are and has already said it all. His line on trying to "expose those who abuse their power, authority, or position. I will never rest until I see justice for all, put back in the justice system here in this county" I can relate to. It boils down to that I have enough, more important things, to stress about in my life. For three years, I met resistance and constant personal attacks against my character and reputation because of my tenacity to expose certain problems. I rather duke my problems with someone out with my fists than mince words, so I left. Gabor, I had already moved before that. I wish I could say more, but I've been advised not to. Though, if you read the above paragraph, I'm sure you can make some well-educated guesses.

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