Routine call leads to rape charge

Humphrey

STOCKPORT — A Connecticut man was charged with raping a teenager he met through social media and driving while intoxicated in Columbia County, Sheriff David P. Bartlett said Tuesday.

Timothy J. Humphrey Jr., 28, of Sharon, Connecticut, was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, class D felonies, according to a statement from the sheriff.

Humphrey was also charged with drunken driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08%, both Class U misdemeanors, and ticketed for parking in the road.

At about 1:34 a.m. Sunday, sheriff’s deputies were sent to Mitchell Avenue after Columbia County 911 dispatchers received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the road.

When deputies arrived, they interviewed the two people in the car. Sheriff’s deputies determined that the driver, Humphrey, was intoxicated and that the child with him was younger than 15.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch continued with the investigation. After interviewing Humphrey further, he told investigators that he interacted with the child on a social media site and made arrangements to meet the child at the location in Stockport.

Sheriff’s investigators also determined that the alleged sexual activity took place in the vehicle. The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on what happened to the child. The Register-Star does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff’s office said. Any other potential victims, witnesses or alleged victims are being asked to contact Investigator William Dunspaugh at 518-828-4316.

Humphrey was sent to Columbia County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond after his arraignment by Judge Jack Mabb in Stockport Town Court. Humphrey is due back in court Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Second-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Criminal sexual act carries a sentence of 2 to 7 years in prison.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office assisted the Sheriff’s Office with the case.

To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@thedailymail.net, or tweet to @amandajpurcell.

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