Unadilla man charged with first-degree rape following assault allegations

Randy E. Deese

A Unadilla man is facing several felony charges after allegedly assaulting and raping a victim following an argument.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 4:47 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – A Unadilla man is facing several felony charges after allegedly assaulting and raping a victim following an argument.

According to New York State Police, 35-year-old Randy E. Deese went to the victim’s home on State Route 7 in Unadilla on Monday, where the two got into an argument that turned physically violent.

Deese is accused of choking the victim, who eventually lost consciousness, and then forcing sexual intercourse after the victim woke up.

Early the next morning, state police received a report of a 911 hang-up out of Otsego County. As a trooper was about to leave the Sydney barracks to investigate, they encountered the victim, who had driven there to report the incident.

The trooper could see the victim had suffered serious injuries to the face, and learned that this was the caller who had hung up on 911.

The victim was taken to the Tri-Town campus of A.O. Fox Hospital for treatment. State police are not naming the victim due to the nature of the allegations.

State police headed to the victim’s residence to search for Deese, but he wasn’t there when troopers arrived. Further investigation led them to the city of Liberty, where they were able to take Deese into custody with the help of state police Troop F and the Liberty Police Department.

Deese has been charged with the following crimes:  

Felonies:

  • Rape in the first degree
  • Strangulation in the second degree
  • Coercion in the second degree
  • Stalking in the second degree

Misdemeanors:

  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree
  • Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree
  • Forcible touching
  • Assault in the third degree

Deese was arraigned and remanded to the Otsego County jail on $50,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court in May.

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Deese is a registered sex offender who was convicted of second-degree rape in 2005.

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