Tuesday, November 2, 2021

52 of 1st-degree Rape, 64 of 1st-degree Sodomy:
Stafford Man Indicted on 116 Counts 
of Rape and Sodomy--One of the Largest in Genesee County History

Roger K. Brinkman

A Stafford man arrested last month on charges that he raped a child 21 years ago has now been indicted on 116 counts of repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting the child once a week for nearly two years.

Roger K. Brinkman, 57, of Main Road is accused of sexually assaulting the girl by force beginning on July 2, 2000 and continuing through June 2001, according to the grand jury indictment filed in Genesee County Court.

Brinkman was arrested in early October after the victim reported the alleged rapes to city of Batavia police. Further investigation and interviews with the victim led to the indictment, one of the largest-ever sexual assault indictments filed in county history.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said the victim was able to determine the number of times she was assaulted based on the frequency that Brinkman raped her.

“If you look at the indictment, it was once a week for more than a year and likewise the sodomy once a week for more than a year,” he said. The victim, he said, also was sodomized in a different way once a month during that time period, he said. All of the attacks happened in the city.

The charges against Brinkman: 52 counts of first-degree rape and 64 counts of first-degree sodomy. The sodomy charge is now known as “criminal sexual act” but was known under state penal law as sodomy in 2000 and 2001. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 25 years in state prison.

At the time, the state did not have a crime called “predatory sexual assault against a child,” which was enacted in New York in 2006. That charge relates to repeated sexual assaults against a child and carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, the same as a murder charge.

Brinkman has yet to be arraigned on the indictment. He remains in Genesee County Jail.

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