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Man charged in Pa. rape bound over for court

January 22, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Mercersburg, Pa., man charged last week with raping an ex-girlfriend was ordered bound over for court following a preliminary hearing today before Magisterial District Judge Todd R. Williams.

Marcus James Riley, 20, of 2696 Mountain Road, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary and criminal trespass. A charge of aggravated indecent assault was dismissed at the request of the prosecution.

The 18-year-old victim testified that Riley came to her home in St. Thomas, Pa., on Thursday, Jan. 17, smashed a window pane with a rock and entered the house. The woman, her eyes still bruised and swollen, testified Riley struck her repeatedly, forced her into a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

The woman, who is pregnant with Riley's child, testified he also kicked her in the back.

Riley was also bound over for court on a simple assault charge stemming from a Nov. 12 incident at their former home in Greencastle, Pa. The woman testified that she and Riley had already split up, but he became jealous over her being seen talking to another man where she worked.

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Riley came to the apartment and struck her about 20 times in the face with his fist, she testified.

Riley, who is incarcerated in Franklin County Jail, is scheduled for mandatory arraignment in Franklin County Court on March 5.

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