JOHNSBURG, N.Y. – A 46-year-old man has been arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he met online.
According to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, they responded to a report of a domestic dispute on Tuesday. The domestic dispute took place inside a motor vehicle on State Route 28 in Johnsburg.
Sheriff's Officers were able to locate a 16-year-old female victim walking along the roadway. Following an investigation, officers determined the female was involved in an argument with Peter Stewart of Chester.
Stewart was found operating his vehicle on State Route 28N while officers were interviewing the teenager.
Authorities were able to determine from two interviews that Stewart and the teenager had been engaged in a sexual relationship for one year. They met on the online dating site Ashley Madison.
Stewart has been charged with Rape 3rd for engaging in sexual intercourse with a person less than 17 years of age, Criminal Mischief 4th for causing damage to the victim's cell phone which prevented her from making a call for help. He was also charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing for grabbing the teenager around the throat while the two were inside the vehicle.
Stewart has been arraigned and he was remanded to the Warren County Correction Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
A no contact order of protection was issued on behalf of victim.
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