North Chili man accused of rape appears in court

Updated: 04/30/2014 9:34 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 5:19 AM WHEC.com

It was a short appearance in Ontario County Court Wednesday for the North Chili man accused of raping three girls he met online. Matthew Ringrose, 30, now faces six counts of luring a child, one count of third-degree criminal sexual act, and one count of third-degree rape as a result of contact he allegedly had with children under the age of 17 in Victor and Farmington in 2013.

According to Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride, the 2 p.m. hearing on April 30 was brief.

“We argued motions and the case got adjourned for a suppression hearing,” MacBride said. That case will be heard on Wednesday, June 11, at 2 p.m. before Judge William F. Kocher, he said.

“The hearing will be held to determine the admissibility of statements he allegedly made to police,” MacBride said, referring to an oral conversation Ringrose allegedly had with a deputy sheriff at the time of his arrest.

“It looks like we’re headed for a trial,” MacBride said. “It doesn’t seem like we’re likely to see a plea.”

Ringrose pleaded not guilty Feb. 28 to eight charges of luring a child, rape, and criminal sexual act. He also faces 17 charges in Monroe County, and if convicted, would likely serve a term of 15 years in prison. Jail time resulting from an Ontario County conviction would be served concurrently, MacBride said.

The charge of luring a child, investigators said, is made when one person lures another person who is younger than 17 years old into a vehicle or other mode of transportation, or to an isolated area, for the purpose of committing against the child a specific offense, including sexual offenses.

Investigators said Ringrose lied about his name, age and occupation online in an effort to have sex with underage girls. MacBride said Ringrose allegedly drove to one victim’s home to meet her and engage in sexual activity, and with the other he allegedly drive to her home, picked her up, and took her back to his home in Monroe County.

MacBride said there is evidence Ringrose may have reached out to other children in Livingston County. A certificate of conviction shows Ringrose pleaded guilty to second degree rape in 2009 — his victim was less than 15 years old, police said. The state sex offender registry hotline in Albany confirmed that Ringrose is a level one, or low risk, sex offender, and is listed on the state sex offender registry.

This one’s relatively straightforward,” MacBride said. “The families are very cooperative. The victims are very nice girls — they make my job easy.”

Ringrose is currently being held in Ontario County Jail.

Courtesy: MPNnow.com


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