Keene teen arrested for rape, burglary

KEENE VALLEY - New York State Police have arrested a Keene Valley man for allegedly breaking into a local school and having sex with a young girl.

Kyle J. Kernan-Dudley, 18, was apprehended by Ray Brook-based State Police Nov. 25 and charged with first-degree rape, third-degree burglary, second-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police allege Kernan-Dudley entered the Keene Valley Central School through an unlocked window at around midnight the nights of Nov. 20 and 21 and engaged in sexual contact with a 12-year-old female.

State Police Investigator Steve Ansari said although nothing has reportedly been stolen from the school, the burglary charge stems from Kernan-Dudley's unlawful entry of the school.

The rape charge is based on the victim's age, which is below New York's legal age of consent.

Keene Central School District superintendent Cynthia Johnston said both Kernan-Dudley and the alleged victim are students at the school.

"The event is a tragedy for the students and their families," she said, noting that the school is cooperating with the police in their ongoing investigation. "The district is concerned with the educational needs of all the students involved and is taking appropriate action."

Johnston said the school's janitorial staff makes routine checks of all the school's windows to make sure that they are secure, and that the school is in the process of installing new windows that should rectify the problem.

Kernan-Dudley was arraigned before Town of North Elba Justice Dean Dietrich and released after posting $2,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for the evening of Nov. 30 in the Town of Keene.

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