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Massena game shop owner jailed on rape charge


MASSENA - The owner of a game store geared toward teenagers has been jailed after he allegedly raped one of his customers Tuesday night.

Village police charged James R. Roshia Jr., 35, of 2958 County Route 49, Norwood, with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree unlawful imprisonment at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday.

Roshia, owner of a game shop on East Orvis Street, was arraigned by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

The charges stemmed from an incident that reportedly took place at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday at his store, Time Capsule Games. The 18-year-old female told police she had been at the store with three other people, two males and a female, shortly before closing when he asked her friends to leave so he could talk to the alleged victim alone for a short period of time.

She said as soon as her friends left the store Roshia locked the front door. She said she immediately sent one of her male friends a text asking him if he was leaving the area. She said he responded by asking her if everything was okay.

“James had grabbed me by the right arm and led me to the back room. I was telling James I did not want to go there with him. He said he wanted to see how I was,” she said, noting she was aware of reports from friends that Roshia had previously made inappropriate comments to other teenage females at the store.

“I kept telling him I didn’t want to go, and I was trying to pull away. He would not let me go. When he got me in the room, he shut and locked the door,” she said.

She said her efforts to get away from Roshia were unsuccessful, and he pulled her into a back room, locked the door and forced her to engage in sex acts with him over a short period of time.

“I started crying because I knew I couldn’t escape,” the teenager noted in her statement to police.

The teenager said she was able to text her male friend asking for help. Her friend then reportedly returned to the store and kicked the front door until Roshia went out front and unlocked the door.

“I ran out the door and told Kyle we had to go,” she said, noting he then called the police. “At no time did I ever give James permission to do this to me.”

Roshia opened Time Capsule Games in mid-November and had said he was a sanctioned dealer and tournament site for both Konami and Bandai, the companies behind “Yu Gi Oh,” “Naruto” and “Dragon Ball Z,” with official sanctioning from Wizards of The Coast, the company behind “Magic: The Gathering” and “Dungeons and Dragons” and Nintendo, the company behind “Pokemon.”

In addition to selling trading cards, Mr. Roshia told the Courier-Observer in December he would also be buying and trading cards and buying, selling and trading video games, consoles and accessories.

His business plan called for the store to close at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays so Time Capsule Games could be converted into a teen activity center from 8 p.m. to midnight on weekend nights with video games, darts, air hockey and nightly karaoke contests, in front of what Mr. Roshia is hoping will become one of the things Time Capsule Games is known for - its “karaoke wall of fame.”

Mr. Roshia explained singers perform in front of a black wall, where they then can sign their name and write the date and name of the song they performed.

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