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State police: Utica man raped, impregnated a mentally disabled minor

This incident is alleged to have occurred in March of 2017 in the city of Utica.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 3:55 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2019 4:00 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- A Utica man has been charged with rape after a yearlong investigation.

Roger Herne, 46 of Utica, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 17, who is mentally disabled.

As a result of the allegation, the victim gave birth to a child.

This incident is alleged to have occurred in March of 2017 in the city of Utica.

Herne was taken into custody Thursday on an arrest warrant and remains in the Oneida County Jail on $50,000 cash or bond.

The victim was offered services through the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center, and an order of protection was requested for the victim.

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