2011-06-30 / Local & State

Arrested On Rape Charges

McConnellsburg man released after posting bail
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER


Garry Shoemaker Garry Shoemaker A McConnellsburg man was released from the Franklin County Prison on $20,000 bail last week after accusations emerged he raped and assaulted a female friend after drinking beer and doing drugs with her following her son’s birthday party.

Garry Allen Shoemaker, of 47 Hillside Estates, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott after a total of 22 sexually-related charges were filed against him on June 20. Amongst the charges against the 45-yearold man are six counts each of aggravated assault and indecent assault; four counts each of rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; and two counts of sexual assault.

The accusations against Shoemaker are linked to an incident that occurred at a McConnellsburg Borough residence along Lincoln Way West during the early morning hours on April 4, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton stated in arresting papers.

In an affidavit of probable cause, the trooper stated he interviewed the victim, a 26-year-old woman, at both Fulton County Medical Center and the Mc- Connellsburg state police barracks. The interviews occurred in the hours immediately following the alleged assault.

The victim told the police investigator she had known Shoemaker for several years, and she invited him to her apartment on April 3 to attend her son’s birthday party. After the children went to sleep, the duo reportedly drank multiple cans of beer and smoked a marijuana pipe, according to the affidavit.

The woman said Shoemaker was “hitting on her, and she told him that they could not be together.” She then informed police the next thing she knew, Shoemaker had her down on the bed and was ripping her clothes off, the affidavit said.

“She said she was kicking trying to get Shoemaker off of her and called to her kids for help ... . Shoemaker stopped and left when he heard her son was awake,” charging documents stated.

“She related she was not feeling good and felt totally wasted, and she had only had two beers. She then said she has never felt that way off of one or two beers,” the charging documents maintain.

A sexual assault evidence kit was collected following the alleged incident that occurred between 12:01 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Collected by the nurse were a condom wrapper and the victim’s clothing. No injuries were noted on the victim by the nurse during the examination, the affidavit said.

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