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Rape trial of Croghan man to commence Monday

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LOWVILLE — The rape trial of a Croghan man is slated to begin Monday in Lewis County Court.

Kurt J. Hazzard, 41, of 6835 Mechanic St., is charged with three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and single counts of second-degree rape and first- and third-degree criminal sex act.

He was accused of having sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 17 by forcible compulsion on occasions in August, November and December 2011, all in the town of Croghan. He also was accused of having sexual contact with another underage girl on one occasion.

Proceedings are to begin Monday morning with jury selection.

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