Poughkeepsie Man Charged with Rape

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center report the arrest of Lonnie E. Pesano, age 20 of Poughkeepsie, in connection with a recent investigation.

Mr. Pesano was arrested on 11/7/19 and is accused of having sexual intercourse with a person who is less than 15 years old. In order to protect their privacy, no further information about the victim or circumstances will be released, and at this time there appears to be no threat to public safety.

At this time Mr. Pesano has been charged with one count of Rape in the 2nd degree, which is a felony. After being processed he was arraigned before the City of Poughkeepsie Court and has been remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

If anyone has information about this case or similar incidents involving Mr. Pesano they are urged to contact Deputy David Meyer at 845-486-3778 or dmmeyer@dutchessny.gov. Information can also be provided via the Sheriff’s Office tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583) or dcsotips@gmail.com, and all information will be kept confidential.

As with any criminal case the charge described above is merely an accusation and Mr. Pesano is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.