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Cases forwarded against man charged in three rapes

August 18, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Fannettsburg, Pa., man charged with raping three women will likely have his day in Franklin County Court.

Toney James Robbins, 35, was charged in three cases of rape and sexual assault, according to the Franklin County district attorney's office.

During preliminary hearings Tuesday, two of the three cases were bound to central court by Magisterial District Justice Brenda Knepper.

The third case was continued while a change of judge motion from the district attorney's office is sought, Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said.

In July, Magisterial District Justice David Hawbaker dismissed charges of rape brought against Robbins by one of the victims, she said.

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"We found evidence that other women were assaulted by Robbins and we brought that case back before the court today," Sulcove said. "The case was refiled with the other two cases."

Between the three cases, Robbins was charged with two counts of first-degree felony rape, three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one first-degree felony count of involuntary sexual intercourse.

Two of the alleged victims testified in Tuesday's hearings, the sole witnesses called to the stand, Sulcove said.

Having found probable cause to move the cases to trial, Knepper bound the cases to central court.

The district attorney's office likely will file a motion to have all three cases tried as one, Sulcove said.

Robbins is being held in Franklin County Jail on $150,000 bail, she said. He is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 30.

The alleged assaults occurred between December 2008 and June 2009. The women were tenants of the Oak Avenue Trailer Court in Metal Township, Pa., where he was a landlord, Sulcove said.

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