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Man charged with incest faces additional charges

February 03, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County District Attorney's Office has filed additional charges against a former Washington Township man previously charged with raping his daughter, including allegations that he solicited his daughter and wife to have sex with the family dog.

Two charges of criminal solicitation to commit sex with an animal and one count of criminal solicitation to commit rape of a child were added to the list of charges filed earlier by the Washington Township Police Department, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.

The new charges arose from further interviews conducted with the girl and the wife about a week ago, Sgt. Vernon Ashway of the Washington Township Police Department said.

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According to information filed with the court by the district attorney's office, the man is accused of soliciting his wife to have sexual intercourse with the girl, who is her stepdaughter. The first-degree felony charge was filed Wednesday, Krom said.

The information also alleges the man solicited both his wife and daughter to have sexual intercourse with the dog. Krom said she filed the first-degree misdemeanor charges Tuesday.

The man, whose name is being withheld by The Herald-Mail to protect the identity of the girl, also is charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and criminal conspiracy.

His mandatory arraignment on those charges Wednesday was delayed a week while the district attorney's office considered filing the new charges. Krom said he waived his arraignment, pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for the March term of court.

Last week, the man's 32-year-old wife was arraigned on the same charges, except for incest and the solicitation charges. She also pleaded not guilty and had her case scheduled for March.

It was a letter the family left behind when they moved to Oklahoma in 2003 that led to the arrests of the two, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The letter, containing a list of sexual acts, was found by people who moved into the couple's former mobile home on Pen Mar Road in November 2003.

The letter also indicated that the husband and wife both had participated in sexual acts with the daughter, the affidavit alleges.

The man was arrested on outstanding burglary and theft warrants in Oklahoma in July. A few weeks later, the wife moved back to the Waynesboro, Pa., area with three other children. The alleged victim was abandoned in Oklahoma, police said.

The girl, now 13, was later interviewed in Oklahoma by authorities, police said. She remains in Oklahoma while the couple's other three children are in foster care, Krom said.

Ashway said he will inform authorities in Oklahoma about the new charges against the man.

If convicted, the charges against the man carry penalties totaling more than 130 years in prison.

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