Cortland Sheriff: Groton man arrested for raping, imprisoning woman

Dakota Burhans, 19, of Groton/CORTLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CINCINNATUS — A Groton man was arrested Saturday for imprisoning, choking and raping a woman during domestic disputes, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Dakota J. Burhans, 19, of Montgomery Road turned himself in to investigators at the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office on Greenbush Street without incident, was arraigned in Cincinnatus Town Court and posted the $1,000 cash or $2,500 bond bail. He is set to return to court at a later date.

Deputies began investigating Burhans after a woman went to the Sheriff’s Office at 12:51 a.m. Friday and reported Burhans attacked her during two separate domestic disputes on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23 in Cincinnatus, according to the department.

Investigators determined Burhans choked, raped and imprisoned the woman during the incidents, according to a news release. “The victim was temporarily, physically restrained,” wrote Lt. Todd Caufield in a separate email.

Information regarding how she became free again and able to reach police was not available from investigators.

Burhans was charged with felony, first-degree rape, as well as criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and fourth-degree criminal mischief, misdemeanors. He was also charged with second-degree harassment, a violation.