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Pa. man waives arraignment on child-sex charges

September 01, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A Waynesboro, Pa., man identified in court documents as a pastor waived his mandatory arraignment Wednesday on charges he sexually assaulted two children.

Carl William Bittle Sr., 69, of Strickler Avenue, is charged with one third-degree felony count of indecent assault of a person younger than 13.

He also is charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 13 and one count of corruption of minors.

The charges appear on two criminal complaints filed in Franklin County, Pa.

Because Bittle waived arraignment, a not-guilty plea will automatically be entered on his behalf as the cases proceed to trial.

Online court records indicate Bittle posted bail and is being supervised by the Franklin County (Pa.) Adult Probation Department.

According to court documents, the parents of two girls reported to the Greencastle (Pa.) Police Department in May that they believed their daughters were assaulted by Bittle. Washington Township, Pa., police joined the investigation because officers believe incidents occurred in both jurisdictions.

The affidavit does not indicate with what church Bittle is affiliated. Newspaper archives list Bittle as playing gospel music at some local events.

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