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Inmate accused of Niagara Falls rape attempt while out on bail

A Niagara Falls man currently serving state prison time on assault and drug charges has been indicted on charges of breaking into a woman's home and trying to rape her.

Dairous J. Stephens is accused of committing the crime Aug. 22, when he was free on bail awaiting sentencing in the other two cases.

The 13-count indictment, unsealed Monday in State Supreme Court, accuses Stephens of assaulting the woman with a bat and a mug as well as attempted first-degree rape in the woman's Niagara Falls home. Other charges include multiple counts of first-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Stephens, 29, of Eighth Street, was sentenced Sept. 28 to six years in prison. He fractured a store clerk’s nose and orbital bone by throwing a full bottle of beer at him July 24, 2015, in the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue in the Falls.

Stephens sold cocaine to a police informant, also in Niagara Falls, on Sept. 11, 2015.


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