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Massena game shop owner jailed on rape charge

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MASSENA — Village police charged James R. Roshia Jr. at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree unlawful imprisonment,

Roshia, 35, of 2958 County Route 49, Norwood, owner of a game shop on East Orvis Street, was arraigned by acting Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $50,000 bail 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 girl told police she had been at the store with three other people, two males and a female, shortly before closing when Roshia asked her friends to leave so he could talk to her alone.

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 OK.

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

She said her efforts to get away from him were unsuccessful, and he pulled her into a back room, locked the door and forced her to engage in sex acts over a short period. She said she was able to text her male friend asking for help.

Her friend then reportedly returned to the store and kicked open the front door and she was able to get away. She said her friend then reported the incident to village police.

Roshia opened Time Capsule Games in mid-November. In addition to selling trading cards, he said he would buy and trade cards and buy, sell and trade 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 he said he hoped would become one of the things for which Time Capsule Games is known — its “karaoke wall of fame.”

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