NORWICH Monday morning on March 7, 2016 Jaideep Singh and his attorney Scott Clippinger stood before Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. in Chenango County Court to answer to the rape charge against him.
District Attorney Joseph A. McBride was present in court to represent the people of Chenango County on this matter.
Singh, believed to be 27, originally from the country of India was first arrested back on Sept. 14, 2015 and charged with rape in the second degree, a class D felony; as well as endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.
After the the original arrest, Singh was indicted by a grand jury in the month of November, 2015.
The indictment read, Its alleged that Singh on a day during the month of October in 2015 did engage in sexual intercourse with a female less than 15 years old in North Norwich. The endangering the welfare charge accuses Singh of knowingly acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person under the age of 17 but subjecting said person to sexual contact.
It should be noted that the minor who was under the age of 15 at the time, did give birth to a child which is alleged to be Singh's child. Due to cultural differences these practices are acceptable in India but are illegal in the United States, which the District Attorney pointed out in court.