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SUFFOLK COUNTY/Sex offender charged in rape

A registered sex offender on probation for a previous rape conviction has been charged in the rape of a 16-year-old girl, police said yesterday.

George Rodriguez, 21, of Central Islip, was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, use of a child in a sexual performance and endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk police said.

Suffolk County probation officers found that Rodriguez "was in possession of potentially inappropriate photographs and videos that were stored on his cell phone," police said.

The officers seized the phone, and further investigation revealed Rodriguez, a registered Level 1 sex offender on probation since February, "had been sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl and had been taking video and photos" of the encounters during the past year, police said.

Rodriguez, of Ash Street, was to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

MERRICK/Suspect in burglaries arrested

First Squad detectives arrested a Hicksville man on charges of burglarizing two businesses in Merrick this week after he was found dragging away items from one of the businesses in a garbage pail, Nassau County police said yesterday.

Michael Kenney, 41, of 32A Liszt St., was arrested Tuesday morning after he fled one scene in Merrick on a bicycle, police said.

A witness said Kenney broke the glass on the front door of the Smith Street Deli, 241 Smith St., at about 4 a.m., police said. The witness called 911. Police responded and chased Kenney by foot. He was found dragging contents from the burglarized deli next to him in a garbage can as he bicycled, police said. The property was valued at more than $1,365, police said.

Police said before stealing from the deli in Merrick, Kenney had tried unsuccessfully to break into another deli on Broadway Avenue in Freeport at about 3:30 a.m. He fled, then hit the Smith Street location, police said.

Kenney also burglarized Cards Unlimited, 39 Merrick Ave., on Monday at about 2:30 a.m. by breaking the front glass door with a rock and taking about $2,300 in property, police said.

Kenney is charged with burglary, attempted burglary and two counts of criminal mischief.

- GARY DYMSKI

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