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Pa. man in court on rape charges

July 25, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man charged with raping two women on the same day had his case bound over for Franklin County Court following a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Sean Nolan Connor, 36, of 67 North Ave., is charged in two separate cases, according to court records. In one, Pennsylvania State Police charged him with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and sexual assault that allegedly took place in the vehicle of one of the women on the morning of June 9.

In the other, police charged him with rape, burglary, indecent assault and sexual assault against a woman in her home on the same morning.

The affidavits of probable cause state that the women and Connor were at a bar in Chambersburg and that he accompanied them back to the one woman's home on Mont Alto Road.

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One woman, a 33-year-old from Shippensburg, Pa., knew Connor, police said. The 27-year-old who lived on Mont Alto Road had not met him before that night, police said.

At about 6 a.m., Connor asked the Shippensburg woman to give him a ride back to his vehicle at Razzle's in Chambersburg, police said. Once in the vehicle, however, he forced her to have sexual intercourse, police said.

One affidavit stated that the woman then drove Connor to Chambersburg and he told her he needed to return to the Mont Alto Road house to get his cell phone.

The other woman told police she had passed out that morning, but awoke to find Connor having sexual intercourse with her. The Shippensburg woman also told police that the 27-year-old was passed out and was in no condition to have consensual sex, according to the affidavit.

Connor had not originally been charged with rape or involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in the case involving the woman in her vehicle, but the charges were amended July 10, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Kearns said. At that time, a charge of aggravated indecent assault also was withdrawn, she said.

The charges in the case of the woman assaulted in her home also were amended, with the indecent assault and sexual assault charges being added, Kearns said. The charges were added after interviewing the victims and consulting with the investigating officer, she said.

Both victims testified during Tuesday's preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter, according to Public Defender Michael Toms, who represented Connor.

Connor, who is out on bail, is scheduled for mandatory arraignment in county court Sept. 5, Kearns said.

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