Man Waives Hearing in Rape Case

news1DUBOIS – An 18-year-old Reynoldsville man accused of raping an 8-year-old girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday during Centralized Court.

Andrew Ray Deible, 325 Ann St., Reynoldsville is charged with 15 counts of rape of a child, 15 counts of statutory sexual assault, 30 counts of aggravated indecent assault and 30 counts of indecent assault. His bail is set at $25,000, unsecured.

The charges stem from incidents occurring over a two-year period.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, an investigation began in January after a witness walked into Deible’s bedroom and saw the victim lying partially nude on his bed. Deible, naked, had jumped behind the door to hide. He told the witness to get out. Then Deible stepped out of the room and said “let me explain.” The witness told him he didn’t want to hear it.

This witness told police he then spoke to the victim who was crying. She asked him to go away but he kept asking her what happened. She begged him not to tell her parents. Deible came into the room and asked the witness what it would take for him not to tell anybody.

The witness told his mother the next day. She then questioned Deible. He admitted to her in a phone conversation that he had intercourse with the girl. When she asked him what this was called, he replied “molesting.” She told him it was rape. He then hung up on her.

When the victim was questioned by police, she said Deible had touched her inappropriately more than 100 times starting when she was in third grade. She showed them what he had done to her by using a doll. She explained it would happen at night when everyone was sleeping.

In an interview with police, Deible claimed things were “blown out of proportion,” and they were just talking in the bedroom. When told what the girl had said he had done, he hung his head and said “she has no reason to lie. But my intentions were never to hurt her.” When asked about specific details, he said he was not comfortable answering any other questions without a lawyer.

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