NIAGARA COUNTY, NY ( release ) A joint investigation involving the Lockport Police Department, Niagara County District Attorney’s Office and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of Kevin J. Rohde.
Rohde is a 7-year Deputy of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and has been suspended with pay, as required by Civil Service Law. He is being charged with violating Penal Law Section 130.35 Sub. 1-Rape in the 1st Degree (Class B Felony) punishable with up to 25 years in prison.
The allegation stems from a 1999 incident that predates Rohde’s employment at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Rohde was known to the victim’s family and the investigation is ongoing.
Rohde was arraigned before Justice Watson in Lockport City Court and bail was set at $2,500. Rohde is scheduled to be in Lockport City Court on Monday, September 19, 2011.
In an effort to safeguard the identity and privacy of the victim, no further information will be revealed at this time.