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Mercersburg man guilty of beating and raping pregnant woman

September 30, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Franklin County jury took about two hours Monday to convict a Mercersburg, Pa., man of beating and raping his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Judge Carol Van Horn revoked the $500,000 bail for 21-year-old Marcus Riley after the jury found him guilty of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault, criminal trespass and burglary in a Jan. 17 incident at her home near St. Thomas, Pa. He also was found guilty of simple assault in a Nov. 12, 2007, assault on the woman.

Several of the charges are first-degree felonies, carrying sentences of up to 20 years. Van Horn scheduled Riley's sentencing for Jan. 7, allowing time for an assessment by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board required under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law.

The victim testified that Riley called her "all day and all night long" before the Jan. 17 incident. Two days before the rape, the woman testified she told Riley she intended to testify against him at a Jan. 22 preliminary hearing on the charges that he beat her up at an apartment in Greencastle, Pa.

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On Jan. 17, he called her again, and after she hung up, she saw him pull into the driveway, she testified. When she would not allow him in, she heard a window in the kitchen being smashed. He came in the door and started beating and kicking her immediately, she testified.

"He started kicking me in the back and I started screaming about my baby," the woman testified. Riley forced her into her basement bedroom, urinated on her and sexually assaulted her, she testified.

"This wouldn't have happened if you just talked to me," Riley said before leaving the house, she testified.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove introduced photos taken after the Jan. 12 incident, showing the woman's right eye swollen shut, bruises, and scratches on her face. Greencastle Police Officer Kevin Creager testified about the injuries the woman sustained in the November assault.

Defense attorney Allen Welch asked the woman whether the sex was consensual, which she denied. Welch also asked whether the woman was upset as Riley was leaving, shoved him into the kitchen door window, causing it to break, and received her injuries during an ensuing fight.

The woman again denied that those things happened.

Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Courtney Pattillo, Jeffrey Bopp and Chad Corbett testified about the crime scene, with the prosecution presenting photos showing broken glass inside the kitchen and a rock just outside the door.

The prosecution and defense stipulated that samples taken from the woman for a sexual assault kit matched a DNA sample provided by Riley.

Riley did not take the witness stand during the one-day trial and Welch called no witnesses for the defense.

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