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Pa. man accused of rape is ordered bound over for court

January 23, 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 Tuesday 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 for lack of evidence at the request of Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove.

The 18-year-old victim testified that Riley came to her home on Community Center Road in St. Thomas, Pa., on Jan. 17, smashed a window pane with a rock and entered the house.

"He was pounding me ... just kind of throwing me around like a rag doll," she testified.

Her eyes still bruised and swollen, the woman testified that Riley struck her repeatedly, forced her into a bedroom and sexually assaulted her.

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

Riley also was 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 split up, but he became jealous over her being seen talking to another man where she worked.

Riley came into the apartment and struck her about 20 times in the face with his fist, she testified. She was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises from the assault, 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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