Sackets Harbor Man Indicted On Rape, Weapons ChargesPosted: Updated:
A 41 year old Sackets Harbor man is accused of repeatedly raping a woman over several years and possessing a number of weapons.
A Jefferson County grand jury handed up a 135 count indictment Tuesday against Benjamin Rauch.
The charges include:
- 46 counts of first-degree rape
- 47 counts of first-degree criminal sexual act
- 31 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon
- 9 counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon
- second-degree menacing
- endangering the welfare of a child
According to the indictment, he raped or sodomized a woman repeatedly between January 2012 and October 2015.
In August 2015, he's alleged to have had sex with the woman in front of a child, who was approximately five years old at the time.
In October 2015, he allegedly displayed a shotgun to threaten the woman.
According to the indictment, Rauch possessed a number of weapons, including two semi-automatic rifles, a Kung Fu star, a stun gun, a metal knuckle, a switchblade and ammunition, which included a 30-round magazine.
State police arrested him on November 6, 2015 for first-degree rape and second-degree menacing.
Rauch was ordered held in the county jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 secured bond. He is currently free after posting bail.
An order of protection was issued in 2015, requiring Rauch to stay away from the alleged victim and her home.