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Rome man faces more time for alleged crime committed behind bars

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Rome man facing up to 100 years to life in prison now faces new charges for a crime that allegedly happened while he was behind bars.

John Santoro is accused of holding a woman captive and raping her earlier this year in a Rome apartment.

Santoro rejected a plea offer in Oneida County Court in Utica regarding those crimes and now faces new charges, for allegedly violating an order of protection by contacting his alleged victim by phone from the Oneida County Jail.

Every time an inmate makes a phone call, a message warns them that their call is being recorded. The order of protection prohibits any and all contact.

Santoro on Wednesday rejected a plea offer of three and a half to seven years in prison for a charge of aggravated criminal contempt. It's not yet clear if this new charge will join the others and be tried all together.

Santoro at times has had to wear protective head gear because of a tendency to spit at people in court. He did not wear the protective netting on Wednesday.

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