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Schenectady man accused of raping runaway girl

Schenectady man accused of raping runaway girl

Man faces 21 years in prison on new charges
Schenectady man accused of raping runaway girl

SCHENECTADY -- A Nott Terrace resident took in a runaway 14-year-old girl and coerced her into sex acts in exchange for staying with him, a prosecutor said Friday.

The man also provided the girl with alcohol and drugs to help coerce her into the acts, the prosecutor said.

Robert Sarchioto, 46, faces three counts of second-degree rape, as well as other child endangerment charges, according to court documents.

He appeared in Schenectady County Court Friday for a bail hearing, during which Judge Matthew Sypniewski ordered him held on $50,000 bail.

Prosecutor John Carson pushed for the $50,000 bail amount, calling the case against Sarchioto strong.

He is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with the girl three times between Nov. 1 and Nov. 23, according to the indictment. On one of those occasions, Carson said another person witnessed the act.

Sarchioto faces the child endangerment counts for allegedly asking a child to engage in sexual activity with him between Sept. 1 and Oct. 5, for providing alcohol to a child, for using marijuana with the 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl Nov. 22 and for providing the 14-year-old girl two hydrocodone pills, according to the indictment.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Police began investigating Sarchioto in November, when police received a tip from a family member that one of the girls was with him.

Police initially arrested him Nov. 23 on a child endangerment count for allegedly lying to police about the girl's whereabouts.

He was released as the investigation continued. Police then built the rape case and prosecutors won the indictment.

Defense attorney Beau Melita argued for bail Friday, saying Sarchioto has long ties to the community and remained in the community after his initial release, despite the threat of felony charges.

Sarchioto faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in state prison, Carson said. He was still in Schenectady County Jail Friday evening.

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