Heuvelton man now faces 1st-degree rape charge

Arric Hunter
Arric Hunter(St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility)
Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 11:35 AM EDT
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CANTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Heuvelton man accused of tying up and raping a child in February has been indicted on a charge of first-degree rape.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua announced the indictment against 46-year-old Arric Hunter Thursday morning.

Hunter already faced second-degree rape and other charges in connection with the alleged incident in the town of Depeyster the morning of February 5.

In announcing the indictment, Pasqua said, “the defendant is alleged to have used forcible compulsion to have sexual intercourse with a minor in February of this year.”

A state trooper’s deposition at the time alleged Hunter tied the victim up with rope to prevent the child from leaving and then cut off the child’s shorts and underwear with a knife.

State police and other law enforcement agencies found Hunter at a Stewart’s Shop in Gouverneur on February 8 after a weekend-long search. They say he had what they described as self-inflicted injuries.

A witness statement said Hunter cut his wrists and throat and then tried to hang himself right after the alleged rape. He was taken first to Gouverneur Hospital then to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment.

He was jailed without bail after his arraignment on the original charges.

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