2011-09-15 / Local & State

Ayr Township Man Arrested For Rape

Joshua Robinson posts bail in case
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A Big Cove Tannery man remains free on $20,000 bail this week after a 9-year-old girl stepped forward with allegations of rape and indecent assault.

Joshua Wayne Robinson, 27, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Wednesday, September 7, on four counts of rape; three counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault; and one count of statutory sexual assault.

Charges against Robinson, of 2391 Cito Road, Big Cove Tannery, were filed through Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott by investigating officer Trooper Michael Davis of the Mc- Connellsburg substation. The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in mid-August at an Ayr Township home.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed in connection with the case, Trooper Davis stated a mother and her juvenile daughter arrived at the barracks on August 28 to report that the girl had been “sexually assaulted” by Robinson. A follow-up forensic interview with the victim was performed several days later.

The victim stated, the affidavit said, she was lying in bed next to Robinson, who allegedly reached inside her clothing and touched her inappropriately. The girl added that Robinson asked her to touch him and placed her hand on him several times, police stated in charging documents.

On August 30, police investigators interviewed Robinson at the barracks regarding the allegations. The affidavit states Robinson admitted to having laid in bed next to the girl, while a 2-year-old boy laid there as well watching a movie. Allegedly Robinson went on to admit to police he asked the girl to touch him, and outlined the events in a written confession, the affidavit said.

“The defendant related the only reason he did this was because he took too many of his prescribed pain pills, and he was intoxicated as a result,” Davis concluded in the documents.

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