October 22, 2021

Girl says C’ville man first violated her in 2014

A 14-year-old Cortland girl said a Cortlandville man accused of raping her multiple times in January first had sexual contact with her in 2014, according to police documents.

The girl said she told her mother Waite had sex with her in 2014 but that police closed the case following an investigation for lack of evidence, the girl and her mother told police in statements following the arrest Tuesday of Michael J. Waite, 38, of 2942 Route 11.

The investigation in 2014 included a lie detector test that did not indicate Waite was lying. The girl said she was forced to perform sexual acts “a lot of times and I don’t remember how many.”

Waite was charged by Cortland County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sex act, another second-degree sex crime, felonies; endangering the welfare of a child and fifth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, misdemeanors.

He was also charged Tuesday by Cortland police with first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor, a felony; and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The Sheriff’s Office and police department opened the investigation Jan. 21.

The girl told police she stayed in contact with Waite after the incidents six years ago, sending him messages on Facebook Messenger about “normal everyday things,” she said in her deposition.

On Jan. 12, the girl was messaging with Waite when the conversation became sexually explicit with photos sent to the girl, she said in her deposition.

Two days later, the girl took a taxi to Waite’s house, Martin J. Houghtalen, the taxi driver, said in his deposition.

On Jan. 20, the girl’s mother found new message notifications from Waite on a computer tablet the girl had been using but forgot to log off of.

“Michael describes various sexual acts he wanted to perform” on the girl, the mother said in her deposition.

The mother took pictures of the message, then contacted Waite via Facebook.

“I told Michael (Waite) ‘You are sick’ …” she told police, to which Waite responded that he didn’t do anything with the girl.

The mother found later that day that the conversation had been deleted from the tablet. She contacted police.

Two days later, the mother told the girl that agents from Child Protective Services would visit and that “it’s important to tell them everything,” the mother said in her deposition.

The girl agreed and told her mother Waite had sex with her again on Jan. 14, planning to have sex again Jan. 18, but didn’t, the mother said in her deposition.

Waite was sent to Cortland County Jail on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond from the Sheriff’s Office charges and $250 cash or $1,000 bond from the city police charges.

He is scheduled to appear Friday in Cortland City Court.