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Jury selection underway for Franklin County rape trial

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MALONE - Jury selection will continue Tuesday for the trial in Franklin County Court of a Constable man charged with multiple counts of rape. Monday’s proceedings ended with 11 jurors seated.

Donald J. Gokey, 24, is facing four counts of first-degree rape and six counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, all felonies. He is additionally charged with four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It is alleged in a 14-count grand jury indictment dated May 19, 2011 that he had sexual contact with a female less than 13 years old between January and March of 2011 in Constable. He is represented by attorney Edward Narrow of Syracuse.

He is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail; he jumped bail in 2011. He was arrested in Alabama as a fugitive from justice on June 16 of that year. He was picked up in that state after he fled the scene of an unrelated crime. Law enforcement officials had to use a Taser device to stop him and he suffered minor injuries, a New York State Police official said at the time of the incident. Gokey also gave a false identity to police in Georgia, but they were able to figure out his true identity.

His mother and step father posted his $55,000 bail that was set after his original arrest. He had been living in Virginia at the time.

First-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act each carry a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in state prison. Endangering the welfare of a child is punishable by no more than one year in county jail.

Jury selection resumes at 9:15 a.m. today in county court with the search for a final juror, plus two alternates.

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