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Au Sable Forks woman indicted for rape

QUEENSBURY - An Au Sable Forks woman accused of having sex with an underage boy after providing him beer has been indicted on charges rape.

Joey Strong, 35, of Au Sable Forks was arrested in April on allegations that she had sex with a then-16-year-old boy while staying in a Queensbury hotel in late March.

The alleged incident occurred while Strong was chaperoning a group of teenage boys for a basketball tournament in Glens Falls. Police say Strong supplied at least four of the boys with alcohol, including the alleged victim.

In addition to third-degree rape, a felony, a Warren County grand jury indicted Strong on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. Strong entered a plea of not guilty Sept. 16.

Police have said the rape charge was lodged because of the boy's age. The legal age of consent in New York is 17.

Strong, who has volunteered for the past eight years as the girls basketball coach at Holy Name School, a Catholic elementary school in Au Sable Forks, has been released without bail since the time of her arrest. In the meantime, she has been ordered to observe a curfew and avoid contact with the alleged victim.

Strong could not be reached for comment.

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