Man charged with trying to arrange sex with girl, 10

A 49-year-old Fishkill man accused of trying to have sex with a 10-year-old girl was arraigned on a sex charge this morning.

Robert Viggiano (left), an electrical contractor, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of first-degree attempted rape. He is free on $100,000 bail.

According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Viggiano approached a prostitute and told her he wanted to have sex with a 10-year-old virgin. He asked her if she could arrange it.

Instead, the prostitute reported him to Yonkers police, who with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office set up a sting operation. They had Viggiano go to a pre-arranged location on Feb. 8, leading him to think he would meet the girl there for sex.

When he showed up — with $400 and candy in his pockets — he was arrested.

Viggiano is due back in court on May 10. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison if convicted.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.