Red Hook man raped girl, 14, cops say

The New York State Police headquarters for Troop

The New York State Police headquarters for Troop F on Thiells Mount Ivy Road in Pomona. (Feb. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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A Dutchess County man allegedly took a 14-year-old girl from a private home and raped her outside the house earlier this month, State Police at Rhinebeck said.

Troopers arrested 20-year-old Christopher P. Loftus of Red Hook on Tuesday and charged him with first-degree rape, a felony.

They say Loftus went to the home of the girl -- an acquaintance -- in Milan on Aug. 1 and then went outside with her. Once they were outside the house, he forcibly raped her, State Police said.

"He knew the victim," said William Gray Jr., senior State Police investigator. "They were vaguely familiar with each other."

While they knew each other, Gray said, the alleged attacker and victim were not romantically involved. The fact that they did know each other, though, allowed Loftus access to the home, State Police said.

"She reported the attack to her parents the next morning," Gray said.

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They then went to State Police, who launched an investigation.

Loftus was arraigned in Milan Town Court and sent to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond bail. He remained in custody as of Wednesday.

A lawyer for Loftus could not be located Wednesday. His family did not return calls seeking comment.

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