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Rape suspect facing new charges in different county
Rochester, N.Y. -- A Chili man accused of raping three teenagers he met on social media sites is facing new charges, including at least one felony in another county.
The details involving Matthew Ringrose were unveiled in Monroe County Thursday, along with more details about the case against him.
On his Facebook page, Ringrose shortened his name to Matthew Rose. Police said he used this site and other social media such as Snapchat to meet and lure girls. The alleged victims were 13, 15 and 16 years old.
When the mother of one of the alleged victims went looking for her daughter, she allegedly discovered the girl in a car with Ringrose.
Prosecutors now want a DNA sample from Ringrose in order to compare to evidence taken from the girl's clothing and a rape kit administered at the hospital that night.
According to prosecutors this is not a circumstantial case of "he-said, she-said."
"We can win our cases based on the victim's testimony alone," said prosecutor Andra Ackerman. "However, it strengthens our case when we have things like potential DNA, phone records, and other evidence supporting all of the victims."
The evidence includes records of calls, texts and photos Ringrose allegedly sent to each of the victims that were recovered from their cell phones.
When asked about whether he will provide a DNA sample, Ringrose's attorney declined to comment.
Jason Housel, Ringrose's attorney, said he received the case from another attorney last Friday. He had yet to review all of the records.
Ringrose is a level one sex offender with a prior rape conviction from 2009. The victim was under age 15.
An indictment will be unsealed against him in Ontario County Court Friday. The indictment was discussed briefly in Monroe County Court and said to be "multiple" charges long.
Due to that indictment, and the strength of their case, prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $100,000.
"The big issue is risk of flight and having an indictment in another county charging him with additional crimes that involve consecutive time (in prison) increases the flight risk," said Ackerman.
Housel successfully argued for the bail to be lowered to $75,000.