JOHNSBURG — Peter W. Stewart, 46, of Chester was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 14, for felony rape in the third degree after he allegedly had a year-long relationship with a girl under the age of 17.
Warren County Sherriffs department responded Tuesday to a report of domestic dispute occurring in a motor vehicle on State Route 28 in the Town of Johnsburg.
Officers found a 16-year-old female walking in the vicinity.
Following a police investigation, the female stated she had been involved in a dispute with her friend, later identified as Stewart.
Stewart was located on State Route 28N and interviewed.
Following the interviews it was determined that the parties had been allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship over the last year after meeting on the on-line dating site Ashley Madison.
Stewart was officially charged with one count of rape in the third degree, (a class E felony) for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 17 years of age; one count of criminal mischief in the 4th degree (a class A misdemeanor) for damaging the victim’s cell phone, preventing the victim from calling for assistance and one count of criminal obstruction of breathing (a Class A misdemeanor) for grabbing the victim around the throat while the two were inside the vehicle.
The case was investigated by Officer Richard Swan and Investigator J. S. Maday. The Warren County Sherriff’s office was assisted by the New York State Police.
Stewart was arraigned in Johnsburg town court Jan. 15 and remanded to the Warren County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, or $50,000 bond. A no-contact order of protection was issued on behalf of the victim.