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Man Charged In Wappinger With Sex Abuse Of Child

Raul M. Plaza, 51
Raul M. Plaza, 51 Photo Credit: Dutchess County Sheriff's Office

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. --  A local man is behind bars without bail following his arrest on Wednesday for having sex with a child under the age of 13, according to the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.

Raul M. Plaza, 51, was arrested for the crimes following a month-long investigation into him allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a child, said Capt. John Watterson.

The investigation was conducted by the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center with the assistance of the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.

Plaza has been charged with predatory sexual assault against a child, and is accused of engaging in a continual course of sexual conduct against a child less than 13 years old, Watterson said.

He is being held at the Dutchess County Jail without bail and is due to appear in court on May 8.

Anyone with information about this case or similar incidents involving Plaza are urged to contact the Child Advocacy Center at 845-486-3778 and ask for Deputy Sheriff Ben Sistarenik or the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 845-486-3820. Tips can be called into the tip line at 845-605-2583 or at All information will be kept confidential. 

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