2013-02-28 / Front Page

Man Arrested In Attempted Rape

Dennis Thomas charged last Tuesday
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A Hustontown man was charged last week amid accusations of attempted rape and indecent assault of a young girl.

Dennis Ray Thomas of 974 Davis Lane has been charged with one count each of attempted rape, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure as well as five additional counts of indecent assault, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks said. Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne on Tuesday, February 19.

He was arraigned the following day by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. Thomas currently remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Allegations against the 42-yearold emerged after a reported incident was brought to state police attention by Fulton County Services for Children. The incidents reportedly occurred between June 1, 2011, and December 12, 2012, at a Taylor Township residence.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Thomas initially told state police investigators he had no memory of the incidents and that he had tried to go to Brooke Lane for an evaluation. Thomas, the affidavit stated, was referred to Chambersburg Hospital emergency room where he had been scheduled to meet with a sleep specialist.

“Thomas related that up until this point the sleepwalking had been kind of a joke in the house because food comes up missing and they joke that there is a ghost. Thomas related that he is afraid to sleep at the house until the doctors can get this figured out,” the affidavit stated.

The victim was interviewed by a forensic interviewer from Services for Children on several occasions. She reportedly said Thomas came to her on three separate occasions and had awakened her two of the times with inappropriate touching.

A preliminary hearing in the case has tentatively been scheduled for March 18 in Fulton County Central Court.

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