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Man charged with sexual abuse against child

Published: 5/4/2017

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Raul M. Plaza, age 51, on 5/3/17 in connection with a month-long investigation into him allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with a child. The investigation was conducted by the Dutchess County Child Advocacy Center with the assistance of the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.

At this time Mr. Plaza has been charged with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, which is a Class A Felony, and is accused of engaging in a continual course of sexual conduct with a child less than 13 years old. In order to protect the victim’s privacy no further details about them, the defendant, or the facts of the case will be released at this time. After being processed Mr. Plaza was arraigned before the Town of Wappinger Court, was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail without bail, and is due to reappear before the same court on 5/8/17.

If anyone has information about this case or similar incidents involving Mr. Plaza they are urged to contact the Child Advocacy Center at (845) 486-3778, and ask for Deputy Sheriff Ben Sistarenik. Anyone with information may also contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (845) 486-3820, or the tipline at (845) 605-2583 or All information will be kept confidential.

As with any criminal case the charges described above are merely accusations and Mr. Plaza is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.