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Video surfaces from party during rape case in Canandaigua

It was a roller coaster of a day in the jury trial of Michael Socciarelli, 34, of Hopewell, who is facing six counts including first-degree rape involving a 16-year-old girl.

On Thursday shortly before 6 p.m. a witness who is related to the victim testified that she had cell phone video from the night of the party at a Town of Canandaigua residence where the rape is alleged to have happened. The video, which she said shows Socciarelli groping the girl’s bottom, had not been produced to the defense.

“I showed the video to the investigator,” said the witness, who alleges that at the time of the party she also was drinking alcohol purchased by Socciarelli. “You could see him grabbing her butt.”

Ontario County Assistant District Attorney Jim Ritts stated that he was not aware of the video and that it wasn’t in any logs. Both Ritts and Socciarelli’s defense team of Carrie Bleakley and Ben Gilmour were reviewing the video outside the presence of the jury as the day wrapped up.

Earlier in the day experts testified that Socciarelli’s DNA was found on the victim’s undergarments and on her body after a rape kit examination, though no semen was found.

The alleged victim was at the party with family members, who at the time of the party were all 18 years old or younger. They stated that the alleged victim was extremely intoxicated after funneling between four and eight Twisted Tea drinks with Socciarelli.

An additional family member testified that he was sitting in a chair near Socciarelli when he watched him stick his hand inside the victim’s pants and did nothing to stop him.

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