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Aug 6, 2014 11:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Local Cousins Arrested On Statutory Rape Charges, May Face More Serious Charges As Well

Aug 6, 2014 11:45 AM

A second man has been arrested in connection with a statutory rape investigation that now involves two 14-year-old female victims.

According to Southampton Village Police, cousins Lester D. Pettaway, 22, and Travon Pettaway, 21, met the two underaged girls through an unspecified social media site and asked them to meet at a family-owned home in Southampton Village on July 22. There, the young men allegedly had sex with the juveniles.

The two girls reported the incident to their families, and both were taken to Southampton Hospital for evaluation. The Southampton Village Police were called at 2:41 a.m. The girls identified the Pettaway cousins, and police launched an investigation into the charges.

Southampton resident Lester Pettaway had been arrested at 10:06 a.m. on July 23 and charged with second-degree rape, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Pettaway was arraigned on Thursday morning, July 24, by Village Justice Barbara Wilson and has been remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 bail.

According to court documents, Lester Pettaway is scheduled to appear in Suffolk County Court on August 12, where he is expected to face several new charges, including three counts of committing a sex act with a victim less than 15 years old, and one count of rape, for lack of consent, all felonies, according to court documents.

An attorney for Lester Pettaway, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton Village, said this week that it is important to note that his client’s charges are primarily statutory in nature, and that his client intends to fight the charges. “We are well aware of the very serious allegations against Mr. Pettaway,” he said. “We intend to deny the charges against him and fight vigorously.”

Lester Pettaway’s cousin, Travon Pettaway of Hampton Bays, was arrested on July 28, five days later, and faces similar charges in connection with the other 14-year-old girl. He has been charged with second-degree rape, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.

Travon Pettaway is scheduled to appear in court on August 11. He also faces new charges, including two counts of sex with a victim less than 15 years old and one misdemeanor count of injuring a child.

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WHY ARE THOSE CHARGES MISDEMEANORS???????
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 7, 14 12:40 PM
From the article: According to court documents, Lester Pettaway is scheduled to appear in Suffolk County Court on August 12, where he is expected to face several new charges, including three counts of committing a sex act with a victim less than 15 years old, and one count of rape, for lack of consent, all felonies, according to court documents.
By PJC (5), Westhampton on Aug 12, 14 1:13 AM
WHY ARE THOSE CHARGES MISDEMEANORS???????
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 7, 14 12:40 PM
I'm sure Shona is rolling over in her grave right now, bless her soul.
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 7, 14 12:50 PM