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Second boy charges accused Pennsylvania kidnapper with abuse

Allegations of sexual misconduct often set off a chain reaction. Sexual abuse survivors who never felt confident enough to bring a lone complaint against an attacker are encouraged to speak up when other victims make claims.


Philadelphia victims are often children or were minors at the time of alleged sexual abuse. The influence a sexual offender wields over victims is a mighty weapon to keep evidence of wrongdoing from being discovered. The intimidation can last long after the abuse ends, driving victims into the shadows for years or forever.


One claim followed another in the recent arrest of a Fayette County man for child sexual assault. The 45-year-old man was charged with kidnapping a boy in May and abusing him at a Latrobe park. The child apparently was at the man's home before the 6-year-old was taken to the park and assaulted in the back seat of the defendant's car.


Following the Confluence man's arrest, a second claim surfaced. State police charged the defendant with attempting to engage a 10-year-old boy in sex acts on three occasions between 2010 and 2011. Troopers said the man drove the child to different locations, including a cemetery, in Fayette and Somerset Counties.


The defendant allegedly asked the boy to perform oral sex during each trip. The child told authorities he refused. The boy also informed police that the man was not alone on the trips; another child the defendant was "babysitting" accompanied the man. The attacker also indicated to the child that he had also abused another boy at the cemetery.


Initial charges included kidnapping, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and three separate assault count. The second claim led to an additional charge of attempted child sexual assault.


Victims or adult plaintiffs filing on behalf of minors may pursue compensation for harm through a liability claim. Damage awards help pay for a victim's physical and psychological recovery.


Source:, "Confluence man accused of abusing 6-year-old in May now charged in earlier incidents" Liz Zemba, Jun. 27, 2013

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