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Rape charge dismissed against Falls man

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas dismissed an indictment Wednesday that accused Roy Reynolds of Niagara Falls of rape and predatory sexual assault.

Defense attorney E. Earl Key said Reynolds’ accuser, a Niagara Falls woman, was shown to have misled the grand jury about the Oct. 7 incident, when she said she didn’t know her alleged attacker. Key said she did. Reynolds had claimed the sex was consensual.

Also, Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco told the court in a dismissal motion that other information about the woman that had cropped up since the indictment made her vulnerable to cross-examination. Key said that included the woman’s record of 31 arrests, including a burglary arrest on Monday.

Reynolds, 57, of 13th Street, will have to stay in jail until Key can get a parole violation charge against him canceled. That charge resulted only from the rape indictment, Key said.