Rome man accused of raping 12-year-old girl

Tarkeem Jones

A Rome man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl during a home invasion in June, has been charged with first-degree rape.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 6:19 PM

ROME, N.Y. – A Rome man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in June, has been charged with first-degree rape.

According to Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Tarkeem Jones, was arrested in Utica on Aug. 12. He was arraigned and remanded to the Oneida County jail without bail.

The investigation started after Rome police were called to a home at the end of June for a dispute, and learned a home invasion took place, which resulted in the alleged sexual assault.

Local police departments worked with the sheriff’s office and the fugitive task force to find the suspect.

An order of protection against Jones has been issued on the victim’s behalf. She has also been offered services through the Child Advocacy Center.

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