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Lower Swatara man awaiting trial for sex assault arrested on charges involving teenage girl

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/12/17

A Lower Swatara Township man awaiting trial on sexual assault charges has been arrested again, this time for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl over a three-year period.

State police in Lykens …

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Lower Swatara man awaiting trial for sex assault arrested on charges involving teenage girl

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A Lower Swatara Township man awaiting trial on sexual assault charges has been arrested again, this time for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl over a three-year period.

State police in Lykens Tuesday charged Christopher Rao-Mueller, 21, of the first block of Donald Avenue, with committing the alleged offenses against the girl in the 900 block of Powell’s Valley Road in Wayne Township between March 2014 and January 2017, according to a news release.

The girl was 14 to 17 years old when the alleged offenses occurred, police said.

Rao-Mueller was taken into custody by township police and arraigned before District Judge Rebecca Jo Margerum. 

He is charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and indecent assault.

Rao-Mueller was put in Dauphin County Prison on $50,000 bail, based on having violated his pre-trial conditions stemming from a previous sexual assault case from 2014.

Lower Swatara police had arrested Rao-Mueller on Nov. 17, 2015 regarding an alleged incident that occurred in the first block of Donald Avenue in June 2014, according to township police.

The pending 2015 charges include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than age 16, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual assault, corruption of minors, and indecent assault.

Rao-Mueller was to be tried in county court in April 2017 on the charges related to the June 2014 offense. But the trial was still pending as of Rao-Mueller being arrested by state police on the new charges on Oct. 10, according to online court records.

Rao-Mueller’s preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for Oct. 30 before Margerum.

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