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Endicott Man Accused of Raping a Woman He Met Online Rejects Plea Deal

By Kerry Longobucco.
An Endicott man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman he met online rejected a plea deal in Broome County Court Tuesday morning.

Larry Servedio, 50, of East Main Road, was offered a total of 15 years behind bars, under the condition that he plead guilty to two counts of second degree kidnapping.

Endicott police say Servedio invited a 52-year-old Wisconsin woman to his home in the village after meeting her on LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site. Investigators say Servedio held the woman against her will, and forced her to engage in sexual acts through force and intimidation over a four-day period in July.

Police also say Servedio tried to manipulate and alienate the victim by forcing her to call her family in Wisconsin, saying she would not be returning home and telling them not to contact her anymore.

Investigators say Servedio's LinkedIn profile falsely claimed he'd been employed by the FBI and other police agencies.

Appearing before Broome County Court Judge Joseph Cawley on Tuesday, Servedio twice stated that he wanted to plead guilty. However, he ultimately changed his mind and decided to maintain his innocence, turning down the deal.

In doing so, Servedio may have earned himself more charges. Federal prosecutors had agreed not to pile any additional counts onto Servedio in exchange for his guilty plea -- but they may now move forward with prosecution.

If convicted on the kidnapping charges, Servedio will face a minimum of fifteen years to life, and a maximum of 25 years to life in state prison.
Servedio is being held in the Broome County Jail without bail. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.