Convicted sex offender ordered to stand trial on rape charges

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A convicted sex offender was ordered to stand trial today on charges that he raped a 15-year-old girl who came to his house on the premise that he needed a babysitter.

Todd Vocature, 52, of South New Castle, is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8 for formal arraignment on charges of rape, attempted rape, sex assault, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and other offenses.

Shenango police said Mr. Vocature sent the girl a text message asking her to come to his home on South Jefferson Street on Aug. 31 to baby-sit his child. When the girl arrived, the child wasn't there and Mr. Vocature said he has a "belated birthday present" for her in his bedroom, police said.

Shenango patrolman Caleb Duff said Mr. Vocature then bound the girl's mouth and hands with duct tape and sexually assaulted her, letting her leave only after he told her not to tell anyone what had happened.

Police obtained a warrant in September to charge Mr. Vocature in connection with that incident. U.S. Marshals arrested him shortly afterward when he entered a mental health facility in Massillon, Ohio, about an hour south of Cleveland.

State records show that Mr. Vocature is listed as a "lifetime offender" under Megan's Law because he was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2003. mobilehome - breaking - neigh_north


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