Fort Drum soldier faces rape charge

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TOWN OF REMSEN — A Fort Drum soldier is accused of having sex with a teenage girl in Remsen.

Paul W. Spalding Jr., 21, visited the girl on multiple occasions over the past three months, eventually having sex with her at least once, according to Detective Edwin A. D’Alessandro of the county Child Advocacy Center.

The girl is less than 16-years-old.

Authorities said Spalding is a U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Drum.

Spalding was taken into custody on Thursday on one count of felony third-degree rape, authorities stated. He was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail. Spalding is scheduled to reappear in court.

Authorities said additional charges are possible as the investigation is continuing.

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