OSWEGO — A Seneca County man is facing rape and sexual abuse charges in connection to his alleged relationship with a local girl under 15 years of age.
Dwayne F. Arruza, 42, of 97 Center St., Apt. 1, Waterloo, was arrested Feb. 24 by Oswego Police Department (OPD) officers with assistance from the New York State Police, according to an OPD announcement Wednesday morning.
Arruza was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree disseminating indecent material to minors, all Class D felonies. He was also charged with two Class A misdemeanors: second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police said Arruza was arraigned at the Oswego County Central Arraignment Court and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of cash bail or bond. He’s scheduled to return to court Thursday afternoon.
According to police, Arruza allegedly engaged in oral and sexual intercourse with the alleged victim. The crime is alleged to have occurred in the city of Oswego, police said, but declined to comment on the frequency with which Arruza visited the Port City or his travel patterns, citing the ongoing investigation.
The investigation into Arruza began, OPD Lt. Damien Waters told The Palladium-Times, when the alleged victim reached out to police and the investigation “began immediately." The two reportedly communicated through an app called MeetMe, police said.
Until yesterday, Arruza was employed as a part-time adjunct instructor at Cayuga Community College.
“Cayuga Community College’s top priority is always the safety of our students and employees,” said CCC President Brian Durant, noting the college was made aware of the charges Wednesday. “Mr. Arruza is no longer employed as of today. We have shared information with students and staff. As this is a personnel matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Arruza in the past also taught one class as an adjunct professor of English at SUNY Oswego but according to college officials, he is not currently employed in any capacity.
Anyone with information regarding Arruza or the alleged crimes is asked to contact the OPD Criminal Investigation Division at 315-342-8201.