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PLATTSBURGH - Plattsburgh-based state police charged Reginald Normil and Fernando J. Francois, both 22, of Saranac Lake following an investigation into the alleged rape of an 18-year-old female June 21 at a hotel in Plattsburgh.

The victim used the “Meet Me” app, where users can enter their zip code to meet people in their area. Normil and Francois allegedly provided the victim with alcohol prior to sexually assaulting her.

Normil was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child. Francois was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child.

Normil and Francois were both arraigned in the town of Plattsburgh Court. Normil was sent to the Clinton County Jail with bail set at $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond. Francois was sent to the Clinton County Jail with bail set at $3,000 cash bail or $6,000 bond.

If anyone has further information pertaining to these two individuals, they are asked to call Investigator Rebecca Finn at (518) 563-3761.

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