A jury has convicted a Tupper Lake man on lesser charges in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred almost two years ago.
33-year-old Rodney J. Denue II was in Franklin County Court last week, where a jury handed down guilty verdicts on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child.
Denue was taken into custody in July 2010 in connection with an incident that occurred on Oct. 4, 2009 in the village of Tupper Lake.
Police said at the time that Denue allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl during an underage drinking party on Oak Street. The party also led to a street brawl that resulted in numerous arrests and convictions.
Following the Oct. 2009 incident, police searched for Denue for several months. In May of last year, he was taken into custody in Schenectady following an altercation. After serving time on an assault conviction, he was transported back to Franklin County to face a new round of charges.
Prior to both of the recent convictions, he served nearly five years in prison for grand larceny and felony driving while intoxicated and was out on parole when the Oak Street incident happened.
Denue was originally charged with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was sentenced last week to one year in Franklin County Jail on each charge. He also faces fines of up to $2,000.