Local man charged with statutory rape

FORT EDWARD - Kenneth J. Filkins II, 19, of Fort Edward was jailed last week for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

He was charged with second-degree rape, a felony, for an alleged interaction with the girl.

The girl told a friend about the incident and it was reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, according to police.

The investigation did not reveal force, but charges were filed because the girl was below the legal age of consent, which is 17.

Filkins was arraigned in Fort Edward Village Court and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail. He has a criminal record that includes a felony assault arrest last year in which he allegedly beat another man's face with a rock.

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