By DENISE A. RAYMO Press-Republican
---- — MALONE — A Malone man pleaded not guilty to a 10-count grand-jury indictment for allegedly raping, menacing and choking his former girlfriend.
Jorge Rosario, 41, pleaded not guilty in Franklin County Court to a variety of felony charges, including first-degree rape; first-degree burglary; first-degree reckless endangerment; first-degree unlawful imprisonment; first-degree criminal contempt; and first-degree criminal sex act.
Misdemeanor charges against him are: second-degree criminal contempt; second-degree menacing; and criminal obstruction of breathing. And he is charged with second-degree aggravated harassment, a violation.
The alleged victim is in law enforcement in Clinton County and reportedly met him through her work.
Malone Village Police said Rosario broke into the woman’s apartment on Webster Street, choked her and forced her to have sex against her will.
He is also accused of preventing her from leaving when she wanted to do so, for brandishing a gun during the confrontation and for making threatening telephone calls.
Rosario was arraigned before Clinton County and Acting Franklin County Court Judge Patrick McGill, pleaded not guilty and was taken to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 insurance bond.
He remained in jail on Friday afternoon.
A conference is scheduled for Tuesday in Franklin County Court.
According to the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Rosario has been in state prison twice.
He was sentenced in July 1994 in Kings County to two-to-four years in prison for third-degree robbery and released in September 1998 from Great Meadow Correctional Facility.
He was sentenced in September 2000 to five-to-10 years in prison from Kings County for criminal sale of a controlled substance near a school; third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Rosario was released in November 2009.
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