Police: Cortland man tried to rape 16-year-old girl

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Cortland man faces charges of attempted rape and luring a child after police say he brought a 16-year-old girl to the basement of a residence with the promise of a radio show appearance.

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Jermaine Williams, 40, of 14 Port Watson Street, was walking down Main Street Monday night when he ran into a 16-year-old girl, according to Lt. Rick Troyer with the city of Cortland Police Department.

Williams told the teen that he had a radio show that she could appear on. He then invited her to a residence on Port Watson Street that was not his home address, Troyer said.

Police say Williams took her to the basement of the residence and began to grope her. The teen tried to escape but Williams would not let her leave, according to police.

After a 10-minute struggle, she was able to escape and call the police. Williams was located on Main Street a short time later  and taken into custody.

Williams was charged with first degree attempted rape, second degree burglary, and luring a child, all felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanors including second degree unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching. He was taken to Cortland County jail without bail.

He was arraigned in Cortland City Court Monday night and was scheduled to reappear in city court on Wednesday.

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