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Paperwork error could send rape case back to grand jury

A case involving the former director of the Saranac Lake Youth Center could be heading back to a grand jury following an error that appeared in court documents.

A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Michael Scaringe last summer on counts of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Scaringe was arrested in January 2010 following allegations that he raped a young female victim who frequented the youth center in Saranac Lake.

But the Franklin County District Attorney's Office wants to revisit the case, after the court dismissed one of the counts against Scaringe.

The count was dismissed because Scaringe's attorney, Brian Barrett of Lake Placid, filed a motion noting that the DA's office made a mistake in a court document.

According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican, the grand jury handed down its indictment prior to the establishment of when and where the alleged rape took place.

Court documents showed the alleged incident took place in the town of Harrietstown, when in fact it took place in Tupper Lake.

But prosecutors now hope to resubmit the case with a grand jury and retain the charges levied against Scaringe.

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