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Bail reduced for Massena man accused of raping girl in game shop


CANTON — A St. Lawrence County judge reduced bail Wednesday for a Norwood man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman at his game shop.

Judge Jerome J. Richards lowered bail from $50,000 cash, $100,000 bond to $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for James M. Roshia Jr., 34, of 11 Cedar St., during his arraignment.

Roshia was indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. He has entered pleas of not guilty to the charges.

If Roshia posts bail, Judge Richards ordered him not to have any unsupervised contact with children under 18. Judge Richards also said Roshia can only work at his game shop, Time Capsule Games, when his girlfriend is there.

The alleged assault occurred May 1 at Time Capsule Games on East Orvis Street. 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, according to court documents.

She said as soon as her friends left the store Roshia locked the front door.

According to court documents, 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, documents said.

The alleged victim said she was aware of reports by friends that Roshia previously had made inappropriate comments to other teenage girls at the store.

Her friend reportedly returned to the store and kicked the front door, and she said she was able to get away when Roshua went to answer the door. 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.

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