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Man is charged in Appalachian Trail rape

June 10, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man who fled from a police officer Monday was apprehended and charged Tuesday in the rape of a woman on the Appalachian Trail in Franklin County, Pa.

Terry Alvin Boose, 33, of no fixed address, was charged in the June 3 rape of a woman on the Appalachian Trail in Quincy Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police in Carlisle.

Boose was arraigned in Franklin County late Tuesday before District Justice Larry Pentz.

Boose was charged with rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault and simple assault, Pentz said.

He was to be taken to Franklin County Prison on $150,000 bond.

Boose initially was arrested Tuesday afternoon on outstanding theft and criminal mischief charges from Adams County, Pa., said Cpl. Kenneth Hassinger at the Carlisle state police barracks.

He said officers investigating the rape were called in to question Boose.

The Adams County charges involved theft of a shovel, damage to a mailbox and scattering rubbish, according to Pentz.

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Hassinger said a trooper stopped a man at about 2 p.m. Monday along Pa. 34 south of Mount Holly Springs in Dickinson Township. The trooper had a composite drawing of the assailant in the June 3 rape of a 28-year-old woman on the Appalachian Trail, he said.

Hassinger said the trooper made a National Crime Information Computer check on the man and discovered he was wanted in Adams County. Before he could take him into custody, the man fled on foot into the mountains, Hassinger said.

Boose was picked up by police at about 1 p.m. Tuesday in an orchard off Pine School Road in South Middletown Township, Cumberland County, Pa.

Hassinger said about 40 officers from several agencies had taken part in the search.

A news release from Chambersburg Barracks Commander Lt. Thomas Barkdoll said the search included troopers from the Chambersburg, Carlisle and Gettysburg barracks, a state police helicopter, the Cumberland County Criminal Investigation Team, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Mount Holly Springs Borough Police, Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission officers, and rangers and a search dog from the Colonel Denning State Park in Perry County, Pa.

The woman, who was not from Pennsylvania, was hiking alone on the Appalachian Trail when she was assaulted in a section of trail north of Old Forge Road, police said.

The woman made her way back to Old Forge Road after the assault and summoned help from a passing motorist, according to police. Police said she was treated and released from Chambersburg Hospital.

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