JOHN CAHER Staff writer
Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B3

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 1995

ALBANY A city man who served time for burning a little girl with a cigarette in 1993 is now facing charges that he sexually molested the same toddler last year.

Thomas Benoit Jr., 35, of 28 Albany St. will be in County Court today when he will be arraigned on sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering charges. A five-count indictment returned Friday alleges Benoit subjected a 2-year-old girl to sexual contact between April and August 1994. Records show that Benoit pleaded guilty in 1993 to burning the same girl with a cigarette and served time for third-degree assault. The name of the victim is being withheld by the Times Union.

The indictment returned Friday charges two felony counts of first-degree sodomy, one felony charge of first-degree sexual abuse and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

Assistant District Attorney Veronica G. Dumas is prosecuting the case.

In other recent court action:

Jose Serra, also known as ``Kevin Carlito,'' of New York City pleaded guilty before Albany County Judge Larry J. Rosen to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Serra admitted possessing cocaine on Jan. 20, 1994, at 92 Broad St., Albany. He will be sentenced Feb. 27.

Alphonese W. Ruise Jr., 19, of 1616 Foster Ave., Schenectady, was sentenced by Rosen to time served plus five years of probation for third-degree burglary. Ruise burglarized a Guilderland property July 31.

David Wicks, 35, of Rochester waived indictment and pleaded guilty before Rosen to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Wicks will be sentenced Feb. 28 for presenting a forged U.S. Department of Defense check at a Colonie business.

Robert M. Vandeloo, 24, 37 Buchman Drive, Loudonville, will be arraigned today on charges of second-degree forgery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. According to the indictment, Vandeloo possessed a credit card stolen from his father and used that card at Glenpeter Jewelers at Colonie Center.

Latika Jackson, 16, of 248 Hudson Ave., Albany, was indicted on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Jackson will be arraigned today on charges that she cashed a forged check Nov. 12 at the Key Bank branch at 911 Central Ave.

Darryl Slaughter, 25, of 248 Hudson Ave., Albany, will be arraigned today on charges alleging he cashed a forged check Nov. 25 at the Key Bank branch in the Empire State Plaza. Slaughter is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.

Howard C. Manosh, 38, of Medusa was indicted on felony charges of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation. The indictment alleges that Manosh, who has a prior drunken-driving record, drove while intoxicated Dec. 3. At the time of the incident in Guilderland, Manosh's license was revoked for a prior drunken-driving conviction.

John C. Rafter, 26, of 103 Congress St., Cohoes, will be arraigned today on charges that he misled authorities about a fire in his apartment, leading them to wrongly believe there was an acquaintance inside.

According to the indictment, Rafter's report caused two Cohoes firefighters to needlessly jeopardize their lives by entering the apartment to search for the woman.

Rafter faces two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.