CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield man is being accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in early July.
Darrin R. Thompson, 32, is charged by Clearfield Borough police with felony statutory sexual assault-11 years older; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse person less than 16 years age; sexual assault; and aggravated indecent assault-complainant less than 16.
He is also charged with felony corruption of minors-defendant age 18 or above; three counts each of child pornography and disseminate photo/film of child sex acts; intimidate witness/victim; and criminal use of communication facility, plus misdemeanor lure child into motor vehicle.
Thompson waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. His bail is currently set at $100,000 monetary.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the investigation began July 5 following a report of inappropriate social media messages, which had been exchanged between Thompson and the girl.
Following an officer’s review of the messages, he received permission to search the girl’s iPhone, and requested she be transported to the police station and Child Advocacy Center for an interview.
She said she met Thompson about a month earlier at a local race track, and they ran into each other again the following weekend. She said he asked for her SnapChat username, and they started talking daily.
She told police she knew Thompson was 32 years old, and that he was aware of her age as well. She said he had her over to his home, which was awkward the first time, and also had her send pictures of herself to him.
She said they went “away” about 20 times to Bilger’s Rocks or to abandoned places and tunnels. He also reportedly gave her a NOVO vape and they would smoke weed together.
She said she used a “fake friend” as an excuse so she could visit Thompson, and that on July 3, he took her to the races. Afterwards, they went back to his residence.
The girl said that Thompson kissed her and rubbed about her body. They also reportedly had sexual relations during the early-morning hours of July 4.
On July 9, police executed a search warrant on Thompson’s residence and seized his cellular phone. Both cell phones were taken to the DuBois City police station for forensic extractions.
The girl’s phone contained photographs she’d sent Thompson of her chest and buttocks. Both phones contained numerous pictures of them together, according to the affidavit.
Snapchat messages confirmed Thompson’s relations with the girl, police said, and when it was discovered by her mother, he asked her multiple times not to allow her mother to contact police.
When she said police took photographs of everything on her phone and knew they had sex, Thompson reportedly asked to speak with her mother to explain the situation and for the girl to clear out the whole conversation.
Thompson contacted the girl’s mother and sister, and reportedly admitted to having been hanging out with the girl and to having been with her on the night in question. He asked if they’d contacted police.
He also messaged his ex-girlfriend stating he was probably going to jail for hanging out with a 15-year-old girl at his house “all the time.”
Police viewed Thompson’s web history, which revealed searches on how to delete all SnapChat messages/account, if you can get into trouble for hanging out with a minor, indecent assault charges and magisterial district judge docket sheets.