October 23, 2021

Hearing next week for man charged with rape

A Cortland man accused of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl will have a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine whether enough evidence exists to bring the case to a grand jury.

Jack A. Blake Jr., 35, of 4 Pomeroy St., appeared Wednesday in Cortland City Court, where his lawyer, Public Defender Keith Dayton, asked Judge Lawrence Knickerbocker to consider reducing his bail. However, based on an alternatives to incarceration report, Assistant District Attorney Victoria Monty said the bail amount should remain the same.

Knickerbocker denied the request.

Blake has been at the Cortland County Jail since Aug. 21 on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond charged with: first-degree rape, alleging he used physical force; first-degree rape, because he is over 17 and the victim was under 13; first-degree sexual abuse, based on the allegation of force; first-degree sexual abuse, because he is over 21 and the victim under 13; another first-degree sex offense; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The victim told police Aug. 20 that she went to a party July 21, 2018, in Dryden, which Blake attended. After leaving the party, the victim went to bed, but couldn’t fall asleep. Blake came in and “threatened to kill me if I told anyone,” said the victim in her statement to police. Blake removed his clothes and hers.

“Then (Blake) raped me,” she said. She said she didn’t tell anyone because she was afraid he would kill her.

“(Blake) is a bad person and I don’t want to ever see him ever again,” she told police.

The victim’s mother discovered the incident in July when she was going through her daughter’s phone when she found a text message to a friend that said Blake had raped her, she told police on Aug. 15. She brought it up to her daughter, who gave her details.

Other statements to police said Blake was at the party.

To make the determination of whether there is enough evidence, the judge must have reasonable cause to believe Blake committed a felony.