Vernon man accused of raping underage girl he met online

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Vernon man has been charged with rape after authorities say he sexually assaulted an underage female he met online

According to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, Ryan J. Whitman, 28, of Vernon, has been charged with first-degree rape. He was arraigned in Rome City Court and remanded to the Oneida County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.

Authorities say Whitman met the underage girl online via a social networking site.

The investigation is being turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney's Office for Grand Jury action and the victim has been offered counseling through the Child Advocacy Center.

Anyone who thinks they may have been contacted by Whitman on the internet, or has had any dealings with him online, is asked to contact the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center at 315-732-3990.

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