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Hearing delayed for Pa. man accused of attempted rape

June 18, 2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The preliminary hearing for a man charged with the attempted rape of a woman near Greencastle, Pa., last month was continued to Tuesday, July 1, so the man can hire an attorney, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Douglas Paul Wingert, 39, 5225 Crestwood Drive, Harrisburg, Pa., is also charged with indecent assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and simple assault in the May 22 assault at a building on Zarger Road, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police.

His preliminary hearing in central court was scheduled for Tuesday, according to court records.

Police said a man driving a delivery truck stopped at the building that afternoon and asked the 23-year-old woman for directions to a nearby car dealership. The woman allowed the man to use a telephone inside while she loaded items in her vehicle.

When she went inside, the man grabbed her and put a knife to her throat, according to police. As the man began to sexually assault the woman, she was able to break free, but he tackled her and tried to bind her hands with plastic strips.

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The woman again got away, running into a field where she hid until the man drove away. She contacted police, giving them a description of the man and the white delivery truck he was driving. The woman told police the truck had a sign for a company from New Jersey.

Police said Wingert was interviewed five days after the attack and denied any involvement, though he had allegedly been driving a truck for a New Jersey company and made deliveries to the car dealership.

The affidavit stated the woman picked Wingert's picture from a photo lineup on June 6. Wingert was arrested June 11 and remains in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bond, according to the district attorney's office.

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