NORWICH – Nine individuals charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony crimes appeared in county court Wednesday and Thursday, six pleading guilty, one not guilty, and one remanded to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail or bond. A warrant was issued for the arrest of a ninth individual after he failed to appear in court.
• Edward M. Arenth, 24, Coventry, pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree rape, a class B felony; and first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony.
It’s alleged that Arenth, on or about Aug. 14 in the Town of Norwich, engaged in sexual intercourse with a female by forcible compulsion, holding the victim down after being told to stop. He is also accused of forcing sexual contact on that individual, according to his grand jury indictment.
Arenth was released on his own recognizance and an order of protection was issued for the alleged victim. He could face a maximum of 25 years in state prison if convicted and will re-appear in court at a later date.
• Barry L.E. Rattley, 27, Brooklyn, failed to appear for his scheduled court appearance and a bench warrant – requested by Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride – was granted for his arrest. In October, Rattley was indicted on charges of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; and fifth degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony.