Man accused of raping child in Tomkins Cove

Stony Point PD has arrested a 25-year-old man on nine counts of sexual abuse against a child less than 7-years-old and one count of assault causing serious injury. The highest count amongst the charges is tantamount to an accusation of rape.

On April 18 Stony Point detectives made the arrest after an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in a Tomkins Cove apartment during the past month. Marc A. Melter, 25, residing at Apt. 12 of Prospect Place in Tomkins Cove, formerly of New City, is charged with three counts of predatory sexual assault against a child less than 12 (Class A-II felony); three counts of criminal sexual activity against a child less than 11 in the first degree (Class B felony); three counts of aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree (C felony) and one count of assault in the second degree, causing a serious injury to a victim less than 7-years-old.

Detectives accuse Melter of abusing the child, whom the police said is less than 7-years-old, on several occasions. The charge of predatory assault against a child less than 12 carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum of three to eight years in prison. The penal code definition of the count “predatory assault against a child” is tantamount to a rape charge.

The defendant was arraigned in Stony Point Justice Court by Judge Frank Phillips and remanded to the Rockland County Jail on no bail.

Melter is scheduled to appear in court April 21 at 1:30 p.m. The Rockland County Child Protective Services assisted in the investigation.