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TUPPER LAKE - Tupper Lake Village Police are seeking the public's assistance in the apprehension of a man wanted on a bevy of charges, including third-degree rape.

According to Police Chief Tom Fee, 31-year-old Rodney J. Denue is wanted in connection with an incident that occurred Oct. 4. So far, Denue is charged with third-degree felony rape, third-degree felony criminal sexual act, misdemeanor forcible touching and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Following a fight at an underage drinking party at an apartment on Oak Street in Tupper Lake, police learned that Denue was one of two men who engaged in sexual intercourse with minors. He allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old female victim.

Fee said Denue is currently on parole from the New York State Department of Corrections and may be hiding somewhere in the Watertown area. He may also attempt to flee south.

"He has ties to the Watertown area," Fee said. "It is also believed that the suspect may try to go toward South Carolina."

Denue is a white male, five feet eleven inches tall and approximately 170 pounds. He has a scar on his chin and lip, and has tattoos on both arms and his left calf.

Anyone with information about Denue's whereabouts is urged to immediately contact Tupper Lake Village Police at 359-3776.

Fee is calling the brawl the "Melee on Oak." Reports indicate that numerous individuals began fighting in the Oak Street area during a party at a local residence on the evening of Oct. 3 and into the early morning hours of Oct. 4.

The fight escalated and spilled into a next-door neighbor's home. An uninvolved resident of that home was injured as a result of the fight.

Following an investigation into the incident, Tupper Lake Village Court Justice Michael Demars issued several warrants resulting in the arrests of six individuals.

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