Sex assault case sent to Franklin County Court

May 24, 1997


Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Charges against a Boonsboro man accused of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 11 and 13, were sent on to Franklin County Court Friday following a preliminary hearing before District Justice Larry Pentz.

Tim Bolland, 20, faces up to nearly 60 years in prison if convicted of all eight charges against him, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.

Bolland, who until last month owned Tim's Baseball Cards at 2 E. Main St., Waynesboro, is charged with two counts each of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of a minor and one count each of statutory sexual assault and sexual assault following an incident involving the two girls in a rear storeroom in his shop on March 13, according to testimony Friday.


The two girls and the investigating Waynesboro police officer were the only witnesses in the hearing.

The girls testified that they had skipped school on the day of the incidents and went to Bolland's store shortly after 8 a.m. He let them in, locked the door and told the girls to go into the storeroom, according their testimony.

The younger one testified that she touched Bolland sexually at his request. She also said he fondled her. The 13-year-old said Bolland had intercourse with her against her will. Both testified that Bolland told them not to leave the store because he didn't want to get into trouble.

Afterward, Bolland opened his store for business while the girls stayed in the back room, according to testimony.

Bolland and the 13-year-old had known each other before the incident, court records said. Patrolman Michael Bock, the investigating officer, testified that Bolland had called the girl's house on several occasions and was told by her father that she was only 13 and that he could get into trouble.

The older girl's mother went to Bolland's store around 2:30 p.m. that day because she had grown suspicious of her daughter's behavior, Bock said.

The younger girl told her mother that night that Bolland had touched her inappropriately. Her mother called police.

Bock testified that he treated the investigation as a simple corruption of minors case until he interviewed the younger girl. "I learned it was more serious than a corruption case," Bock said.

Neither girl was checked by a physician after the incident, witnesses said.

Bolland hired Waynesboro attorney Michael Toms to defend him. Toms cross-examined all three witnesses intensively, but he offered no closing argument.

Bolland, who is denying the charges, will be arraigned in Franklin County Court on July 2. He is free on bail.

The Herald-Mail Articles