COLONIE – A Scotia man has been arrested, accused of raping a child he met online, Colonie police said.
Malakhai Z. McCommons, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault against a child.
If convicted of the predatory sexual assault count, he would face up to 25 years to life in state prison.
The investigation began Friday after the 12-year-old victim went to the Colonie Police Department to report what happened.
Police believe McCommons met the child through online social networks and raped the child in a Colonie hotel room, police said.
Police won a search warrant for McCommons’ residence and seized additional evidence, police said.
Colonie police were assisted by the FBI and state police.
Police asked that anyone who may have information about additional crimes or victims of McCommons or other information on the investigation to contact investigators at 518-783-2754.
McCommons was arraigned and ordered held without bail.