Copake man pleads guilty to rape charges

A Copake man plead guilty in Columbia County Court to 2nd Degree Rape charges Thursday. Marvin Vasquez-Morales admitted to having sex with a victim aged 13.

He's scheduled to be sentenced April 25th.

Original press release from last September:

Copake man arrested for rape of a thirteen-year-old


Major Richard L. Mazzone

Troop K Commander


Copake, New York – On September 20, 2018, the New York State Police from Livingston in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center arrested Marvin R. Vasquez Morales, age 21, of Copake, for Rape in the 2nd degree, a class D felony, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.

On September 12, 2018, information was provided to the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center regarding the possible rape of a child in Copake. Investigation revealed Morales and the thirteen-year-old child were familiar with one another. They began an intimate relationship earlier this year resulting in sexual contact.

Morales was arraigned before the town of Clermont Court, and remanded to the Columbia County Jail without bail. Morales is next scheduled to appear before the Court on September 27, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

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