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Pa. inmate faces additional charges

July 12, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The case of a Maryland correctional officer who is jailed on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old Franklin County, Pa., boy has been postponed until September, and he faces additional charges, according to court and police officials.

David Shawn Ardinger, 36, of 17611 Stone Valley Drive, Hagers-town, was employed as a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown for 15 years, but he has been in Franklin County Prison since February on $100,000 bail.

He faces new charges, including four counts of aggravated assault, after he allegedly hit and kicked four guards in the county jail on June 24, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Those charges have been filed with District Justice Larry Meminger.

Ardinger, formerly of Mercersburg, Pa., was charged in February with one count each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault, according to court records.

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The victim told police he had several encounters with Ardinger during July 2000, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

During those encounters, the man allegedly entered the victim's bedroom while he was sleeping and fondled him. On another occasion, the defendant allowed the victim to view a pornographic video, which also led to fondling and sexual contact, the affidavit said.

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