Area Man Arrested For Rape Of Child Under 15, Police Say

A 20-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged rape of a child under the age of 15 in the area.

Lonnie E. Pesano
Lonnie E. Pesano Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

Lonnie E. Pesano, of Poughkeepsie, was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 7, by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, said Capt. John Watterson.

Pesano was arrested following an investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Child Advocacy Center, Watterson said.

Watterson said there is no threat to public safety.

Pesano was charged with one count of rape and 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 Pesano they are urged to contact Deputy David Meyer at 845-486-3778 or at

Information can also be provided via the Sheriff’s Office tipline at 845-605-CLUE (2583) or All information will be kept confidential.

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