2009-10-22 / Local & State

Man Charged With Indecent Assault Of Child

Lynn Bard arraigned, preliminary hearing continued
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A case dating back 12 years involving sexual relations with a 3 year old was reopened by Pennsylvania State Police two years ago and has now resulted in a multitude of charges against a Warfordsburg man.

Fifty-two-year-old Lynn Oliver Bard of 284 Bards Dairy Lane has been charged through the office of Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson in connection with the series of alleged indecent assaults that occurred during the summer of 1997. Bard is accused of four counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault and the corruption of minors as well as eight counts aggravated indecent assault.

He was previously arraigned before District Judge Devin Horne and was released on $100,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing set for Monday was continued until a later date at the request of defense attorney David Keller.

In an affidavit of probable cause prepared and filed September 30 by McConnellsburg state police criminal investigator Blaine Henderson, the alleged incidents reportedly occurred between June 18, 2007, and July 16, 2007. On at least two occasions the toddler’s underwear was found to be on backwards, and the girl complained of pain while urinating, state police noted in their filing papers.

According to the affidavit, the girl was examined by a physician and under questioning by case workers the girl described the four incidents.

The affidavit further shows former Fulton County district attorney Dwight Harvey met with the girl and her mother on March 27, 1998, but deferred prosecution until a later date due to the child’s age and emotional status as would relate to testifying.

Moving forward to October 3, 2007, the now teenager shared to a school psychologist in neighboring Bedford County she was a victim of sexual abuse when she was 3 years old. State police in Bedford and McConnellsburg were notified, and the case was reopened.

In January 2008, a follow-up interview with the victim by an official at the Children’s Resource Center located in Harrisburg revealed Bard and the child allegedly played the “Mommy and Daddy” game in his bed on four separate occasions.

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