Pa. man found guilty in attack

May 19, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

For the second time in less than a month, a Pennsylvania man has been found guilty of a violent sexual assault.

Donald Lee Walls Jr., 27, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., remained in custody Monday after Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell found him guilty of second-degree rape in a Feb. 19, 1997, incident.

On April 21, after two days of testimony and two hours of deliberations, a jury found Walls guilty of rape, robbery and kidnapping.

That conviction was for a Feb. 15, 1997, incident - the first of four attacks on women with which Walls was charged last year.


The victim in the Feb. 19, 1997, incident told Hagerstown City Police she was picked up in Hagerstown by a man driving a van on Feb. 19, 1997. She admitted to police that she agreed to perform a sexual act for money.

But she also told police the man drove out Salem Avenue and parked, and then beat her, put a gun to her head and forced her to have sexual intercourse, taking back the money he'd paid her earlier.

"He told her no one would care if he shot her because she was only a prostitute," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Circincion.

The victim didn't report the incident to police right away, fearing they wouldn't believe her, Circincion said.

But after reading in the newspaper about a similar case, the woman called police.

In the other case, the victim, 38, testified that on Feb. 15, 1997, she left a tavern on foot after an argument with her boyfriend. She said she was abducted at gunpoint as she walked along U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown and raped and robbed by Walls, who was alone in a van.

Walls is awaiting trial on charges stemming from two other attacks.

Another Pennsylvania man who was involved in two of four cases pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on Dec. 9 in Washington County Circuit Court.

Ronald Clayton Trovinger, 26, of Big Cove Tannery, Pa., received a five-year sentence with credit for time served and the balance suspended, court records said.

Trovinger admitted his involvement in a March 21, 1997, incident in which a woman got into a van in the 300 block of North Mulberry Street.

Police allege the van was driven by Walls and that Trovinger was in the back. Once the woman was inside the van, the doors were locked and the woman was fondled by Trovinger, court records said.

Walls and Trovinger also were charged in an April 5, 1997, incident in which a woman got into a passenger car containing two men in the 100 block of North Walnut Street, and was driven to McDade Road west of Hagerstown, where she said she was sodomized and assaulted by the men.

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