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Niagara Falls man indicted on kidnapping, rape charges

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who has been to state prison twice before was arraigned in Niagara County Court Monday on charges of holding a Falls woman against her will for five days and repeatedly raping her.

Lester L. Scarbrough Jr., 30, of Niagara Street, pleaded not guilty to three counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of second-degree assault and single counts of first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping for an incident that allegedly lasted from March 19-24. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted as charged.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said Scarbrough also is charged with second-degree robbery, second- and third-degree assault and petit larceny for an alleged incident with another woman March 18, and with another count of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a jar of coins from a female relative of the alleged kidnapping victim March 24.

Scarbrough was paroled in September 2012 after serving nearly five years in prison in a robbery case, and also was in prison from 2003 to 2005 for a pair of burglaries.