$250K bail for man facing rape charges against 16-year-old

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 May 2017 at 11:05 am

ALBION – A Murray resident was arraigned in Orleans County Court on Monday on multiple charges of rape.

Joseph Quarella, 41, of Skyline Circle allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl between July and December 2016. Because he allegedly forcibly had sex with the girl, he faces two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of rape in the third degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and six counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.

Quarella has a prior felony and other misdemeanors, District Attorney Joe Cardone said during the arraignment. He asked Judge James Punch to set a high bail.

Punch issued an order of protection for the alleged victim and set bail at $250,000.

In other arraignments in court on Monday:

• A Holley resident was arraigned on second-degree assault for punching another inmate in the Orleans County Jail in the head and chest.

Matthew Engert, 26, of Geddes Street allegedly assaulted another inmate in the jail on Feb. 14. Engert was in jail after being arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

• Four people face promoting prison contraband after two people from Rochester allegedly tried to pass heroin and Alprazolam (also known as Xanax) to two inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility, a women’s prison. Alprazolam is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

A 16-year-old girl from Rochester allegedly had the heroin and Alprazolam in her bra when she was visiting Leona Brooks, 43, and Stacie Calloway, 46, both inmates in the prison.

Ashanti E. Kellum, 23, of Adams Street in Rochester also had a role in trying to bring the heroin and Alprazolam into the facility, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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