A college professor is under arrest after police say he raped a teenage girl more than a dozen times.
State Police tell CNY Central that on Thursday troopers arrested 39-year-old Daniel W. DePerno of Hedgemoor Drive in Cortlandville on a sealed indictment from Cortland County Court. The indictment charges DePerno with one count of second degree rape, fifteen counts of third degree rape, two counts of second degree criminal sexual act, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. According to his website, DePerno has a wife and three children.
Today DePerno was arraigned in the Courtland County Courthouse. He pleaded not guilty on all counts. As he exited the courtroom we asked him if he had any comment about the allegations against him. He kept his head down and said nothing.
Police say DePerno was arrested after in investigation involving State Police, Cortland City Police and SUNY Cortland Police revealed that he allegedly victimized a teenage girl on multiple occasions since she was thirteen years old. DePerno is an assistant professor at SUNY Cortland since 2001 specializing in sports management, and according to his personal website owns an Internet consulting and marketing company called DePerno Development.
SUNY Cortland officials did not want to comment on camera about DePerno, but they did say they are cooperating with police in their investigation and are offering counseling services on campus for students.
According to his own biography, DePerno has been involved with several youth organizations, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Kids Escaping Drugs Program, the American Diabetes Association, the Cortland Youth Bureau, and the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Program. When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the Cortland Youth Bureau said DePerno did not have any involvement with their organization. The American Diabetes Association says the only record they have of DePerno's name was as a participant in a walk in the Buffalo area in 2000.
He is currently being held in the Cortland County Jail on $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond.
A call from the Associated Press to DePerno's lawyer wasn't immediately returned Friday. Police didn't say how old the girl is now.
State Police the say their investigation into this case is continuing.Click here to read the indictments against DePerno