Sackets Harbor Man Indicted On Rape, Weapons Charges

Sackets Harbor Man Indicted On Rape, Weapons Charges

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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.

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