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Ulster man arraigned in North East Court for raping a child

NORTH EAST— Twenty-seven year old Patrick M. Finkle of Ulster, N.Y., was arrested by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation done in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) into the sexual assault of a child. 

The Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and investigators from the CAC arrested Finkle on Wednesday, June 17, for having sexual intercourse with a victim who is less than 15 years old during a three-day period. 

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, “no further information about the victim or the case will be released at this time in order to protect the victim’s privacy.” 

Finkle has been charged with Rape 2nd degree (a felony) and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (a misdemeanor). After being processed he was arraigned before the Town of North East Court and released to probation. The defendant is due to reappear in court on Aug. 25.

Investigators are urging anyone who may have information about this case or similar incidents involving Finkle to contact Deputy David Meyer at 845-486-3778 or dmmeyer@dutchessny.gov. Information can also be provided via the Sheriff’s Office tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583) or dcsotips@gmail.com; all information will be kept confidential. 

The Sheriff’s Office and CAC are continuing the investigation and more information may be released as it becomes available. As with any criminal case, investigators caution all charges are merely accusations, adding Finkle is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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