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Man Pleads Guilty to Raping a Woman at Knife-Point on the D&R Canal Park Pathway Near Kingston

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted June 12, 2023

A Raritan man who is also charged with three other local sex crimes pleaded guilty on June 8 to first-degree aggravated sexual assault for raping a woman at knife-point on a section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park near Kingston on September 28, 2021.

The victim was walking along a D&R Canal path in the late afternoon (4:30 pm to 5 pm) when a man armed with a knife approached her, then dragged her into a wooded area. The man demanded money then raped her. The path was on the border of Plainsboro and South Brunswick.

Rogelio Calyeca Postrero, 38, of Raritan pled before the Honorable Benjamin S. Bucca to first-degree aggravated sexual assault. He is subject to a sentence of 20 years in a New Jersey State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act. He also will be on parole supervision for life and must register under Megan’s Law.

Postrero is scheduled to be sentenced by Bucca on October 30.

Rogelio Calyeca Postrero was also arrested and charged with sex crimes in Somerset County. Above are two composite sketches and an arrest photo, courtesy of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

After an extensive investigation, police identified Postrero as the rapist. Law enforcement agents from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Plainsboro Police Department, South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Raritan Borough Police Department worked on the case.

Postrero was also arrested for committing three other sex crimes in Somerset County. Police have charged Postrero with a sexual assault that occurred in Duke Island Park at 8:45 pm on Sunday, July 18, 2021, in Bridgewater Township. The second sexual assault occurred in Six Mile Park by the D&R Canal at Blackwells Mills and Canal roads at 5:50 pm on Monday, May 16, 2022, in Franklin Township.

The third sex crime charge came on August 4, 2022 for allegedly masturbating on Nevius Bridge in Raritan, which is part of a public trail that connects the Duke Farm bike trails in Hillsborough to the Raritan River Greenway.

In addition, the Somerset County Prosecutors Office had previously charged him with possessing false government documents on December 20, 2021. Postrero, who possessed fraudulent permanent resident and social security cards, was charged with two counts of 3rd-degree Knowingly Exhibiting False Documents.

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Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone, Director Brendan McIntyre of the Plainsboro Police Department, Chief Raymond Hayducka of the South Brunswick Police Department and Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald announced today that Postrero was also charged with the following for the Kingston incident: First-degree Kidnapping; two counts of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault; second-degree Sexual Assault; first-degree Robbery; third-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose; and fourth-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

The trial dates for the Somerset County charges are unknown at this time.


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