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Sexual assault trial is delayed

November 08, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County District Attorney's Office is awaiting an evidentiary ruling before moving ahead with the trial of a Maryland corrections officer who is charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy.

David Shawn Ardinger, 37, of 17611 Stone Valley Drive, Hagerstown, was scheduled for trial last month on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault, according to court records.

The trial has been indefinitely postponed until the Pennsylvania Superior Court gives a ruling on an evidence issue, said Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom, who is prosecuting the case.

Ardinger is charged with assaulting a Mercersburg, Pa., boy two years ago.

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

Court papers allege that during those encounters, the man 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 oral sex, the affidavit alleges.

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Ardinger has been in the Franklin County Prison since February on $100,000 bail.

He also is charged with four counts of aggravated assault in Franklin County in connection with an attack on four prison guards.

Court records allege he attacked the guards on June 24, kicking one in the chest, punching one in the left eye, kneeing one in the groin and punching one in the side of the head.

Ardinger faces additional charges in Washington County for the sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy in January.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has a warrant for his arrest, and when prosecution of his charges in Pennsylvania is complete, he will be extradited to Maryland, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He is charged with one count each of third-degree sex offense, child abuse, second-degree assault and contributing to the condition of a minor, according to court documents filed in Washington County District Court in Hagerstown.

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