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Man accused in sex assaults pleads not guilty

August 10, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Hagerstown man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women in Franklin County two years ago waived his mandatory arraignment Wednesday in Franklin County Court and entered a not guilty plea.

Pov Srun, 35, formerly of 838 W. Washington St., had his case scheduled for the September trial term, Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser said.

In addition to rape and kidnapping, Srun is charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, robbery of a motor vehicle, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in both cases, according to court records.

The crimes



The first alleged assault occurred the night of Sept. 16, 2004, when a 16-year-old Smithsburg girl was leaving her job at Kmart on East Main Street in Waynesboro, Pa. She testified at Srun's July 20 preliminary hearing that she had just turned on the ignition when a man wearing pieces of duct tape on his face forced his way into her Jeep, pushing her into the passenger's seat.

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The second alleged assault took place on the afternoon of Sept. 28 in the parking lot of Weis Market on Wayne Avenue in Chambersburg. The victim, who was 20 at the time, testified she was leaving her job at a bank branch when a man in a ski mask attacked her.

Both testified that their assailant drove them a short distance and sexually assaulted them before returning them to the area from where they had been taken.

Detective Scott Mummert of the Chambersburg Police Department testified at the hearing that DNA from rape kit samples taken from the woman kidnapped in Chambersburg matched DNA recovered from the hatband of a baseball cap found in the Jeep driven by the girl in the first incident.

There was also a DNA match with a 2005 sexual assault in Montgomery County, Md., Mummert testified.

Srun is serving a 35-year sentence in Maryland as a result of a plea agreement in connection with similar crimes committed in Montgomery County in 2004 and 2005, Gary Knaresboro, the attorney representing Srun in the Pennsylvania cases, said at the time of the preliminary hearing.

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