CPD: City man arrested for raping 2 girls

Police arrested a city man for raping two girls and sexually abusing them over two years, according to a release from the Cortland Police Department this week.

Daniel C. Schmidtka, 39, of 32 South Ave. Apt. 2, was arrested Sept. 29 after city police determined he assaulted the girls multiple times from 2016 to 2018, said Lt. Michael Strangeway. City officers launched an investigation after a caring adult discovered and reported the abuse to police this month, said Strangeway.

The abuse occurred while the girls were entrusted to Schmidtka’s care, he noted. There is “no indication that other victims of Schmidtka are in existence,” said Strangeway.

Police did not release the girls’ ages, but the charges levied against Schmidtka reveal that one of the girls was younger than 13, while the other was younger than 17. 

Schmidtka was charged with four felonies: third-degree rape, third-degree incest, predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

The charge of incest is levied against a defendant accused of attacking a relative.

Schmidtka was also charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

At his arraignment in City Court, Schmidtka was sent to the Cortland County Correctional Facility without bail. His next court date in Cortland County Court was not scheduled as of this afternoon.

One out of every six American women report suffering a rape or an attempted rape within her lifetime, according to statistics from The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, a non-profit organization that aims to reduce sexual violence, help survivors and aid criminal prosecutions. The majority of children who report rape or sexual assault  — 66 percent — are between the ages of 12 and 16, according to RAINN.

A large minority of reported sexual attacks on children, 34 percent, are incestuous, RAINN notes.

RAINN offers counseling and aid to those dealing with sexual violence of all kinds through its National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and at hotline.rainn.org/online.