2009-11-12 / Local & State

Dubree Enters Guilty Plea

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A McConnellsburg area man recently appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas to change his plea from not guilty to guilty in connection with his alleged involvement with a 12- year-old girl as well as the sexual assault of the girl’s younger sister at his residence earlier this year.

In May of 2009, criminal investigator Trooper Angela Roher of the McConnellsburg state police barracks filed a multitude of charges against 40-year-old Stephen William Dubree Jr. of 68 Hillside Estates. Among the charges levied against Dubree were one count each of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; two counts each of attempted rape of a child, attempted statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault, indecent exposure; and 20 counts of indecent assault.

Dubree was lodged in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail and initially pleaded not guilty to all charges before Judge Douglas W. Herman in June. However, on October 20, Dubree reappeared in court to enter a guilty plea to one count of criminal attempt-rape of a child and seven counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old.

Documents filed by state police show the activity between Dubree, a native of South Carolina, and the two sisters began on January 1 and ended on May 2. The girls had reportedly stayed overnight at the Dubree residence on numerous occasions.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the eldest of the two girls informed state police she told Dubree: “I’m 12 and you’re 40. You practically molested me.” The affidavit further adds that Dubree asked her not to tell anyone.

Dubree has been represented in court proceedings by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard. A presentence investigation will be completed by the Fulton County Probation Department prior to his sentencing tentatively scheduled for December 22.

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