2013-10-10 / Local & State

Trial Set In Statutory Sexual Assault Case

Tiffany Swope trial scheduled for November 14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A Warfordsburg area woman accused of statutory sexual assault has turned down a plea offer by the commonwealth and is opting to have her case heard next month by a jury of her peers.

Twenty-five-year-old Tiffany Nicole Swope appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on Tuesday, October 8, for call of the criminal trial list.

According to Fulton County District Attorney Travis Kendall, Swope of 338 Bards Dairy Lane rejected an offer that included an open plea of guilty to one count each of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. As a result, the court moved forward with scheduling a trial that will resolve the case that was initiated on April 16 by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Timothy Lear of the McConnellsburg barracks.

Jury selection for the case will be held October 21, with the trial scheduled for November 14 before Judge Van Horn. Charges against Swope include one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and four counts each of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

An affidavit of probable cause filed in the case alleges a juvenile male disclosed to his foster mother he could possibly be the father of Swope’s youngest child.

The alleged sexual activity occurred between November 2010 and March 2011 at 2108 Fairview Road, Warfordsburg.

The victim was 14 years old at the time of the alleged assaults, police said in charging documents. During an interview with investigating officer Trooper Lear, the victim said the situation began as flirting and progressed to Swope offering foot massages. Swope is accused of entering the boy’s room “uninvited” and touching him inappropriately, the affidavit states.

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