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JURY INDICTS MAN, 23, IN RAPE OF 12-YEAR-OLD

An Erie County grand jury Thursday indicted Antonio Staley on rape, aggravated sex abuse and child endangerment charges in connection with the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl at least three times last fall.

A self-proclaimed bodyguard for a rock band, Staley, 23, of Gittere Street, also faces trial for allegedly threatening his landlady with a rifle last Oct. 18.

In jail since October, Staley was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Prosecutor Peter A. Weinmann said Staley was charged with aggravated sex abuse of a girl who is a special-education student in the Buffalo school system after raping her last Oct. 17 at her home while her parents were out.

When the girl's parents came home, they found her injured and took her to a hospital where doctors confirmed she had been raped and had suffered other injuries, the prosecutor said.

The girl, now 13, says Staley, whom met she met at a friend's house on Gittere last fall, sexually assaulted her three times between last Oct. 2 and Oct. 17. She identified him for authorities after he was arrested for threatening his landlady after she told him to move on Oct. 18, Weinmann said.

Staley pleaded innocent Thursday to three counts of first-degree rape, three counts of second-degree rape of a female too young to legally consent and single counts of aggravated sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

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