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Former ARC employee, accused of rape, now faces stalking charge

Former ARC employee, accused of rape, now faces stalking charge

A former Schenectady ARC employee accused over the summer of raping an ARC client is now accused of
Former ARC employee, accused of rape, now faces stalking charge

A former Schenectady ARC employee accused over the summer of raping an ARC client is now accused of violating a related order of protection, authorities said.

Wayne P. Hopwood, Jr., 22, of Chestnut Street, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and third-degree stalking, a misdemeanor. The charges are in addition to counts he faces on accusations he raped a mentally disabled ARC client in June in Schenectady.

A prosecutor confirmed Monday that the order of protection Hopwood is accused of violating is connected to the ARC case. Paperwork filed in court indicates it originated in July, when he initially was arrested.

Hopwood is accused in the new case of driving to a group home in the city Nov. 5 and parking across the street facing the residence for no legitimate reason, according to papers filed in court.

“The defendant’s actions have been occurring on a consistent basis and similar in nature for the past few weeks,” the criminal complaint reads.

Hopwood was arraigned on the new charges and ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bond. Jail records indicate he posted it later Friday and was released. He also posted a $35,000 bond in July to be freed after his initial arrest.

After his arrest earlier this year, ARC said Hopwood had worked for the organization for a short time and been fired once the allegations came to light.

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham has said that investigators have no reason to believe that anyone else was involved.

In the alleged June incident, Hopwood faces one count each of first-, second- and third-degree rape and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. All are felonies.

Each of the rape counts includes different elements, including forcible compulsion and that the victim was incapable of consent by reason of being mentally disabled, according to papers filed in that case.

Schenectady ARC Executive Director Kirk Lewis said in July that agency officials immediately notified the police and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs of the June allegations upon learning of them. They also terminated Hopwood.

Schenectady ARC runs residential and day programs for those with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Its services reach more than 1,000 individuals.

Reach Gazette reporter Steven Cook at 395-3122, [email protected] or @ByStevenCook on Twitter.

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