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Teen charged with sex crimes for beating, raping elderly nun

An 18-year-old Pennsylvania man is facing charges in connection with the alleged beating and rape of a nun in Beaver County. The man, who hails from Aliquippa, is facing felony rape charges, along with sexual assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault and aggravated assault allegations. Additional sex crimes accusations have also been levied for indecent exposure. Authorities report that the 85-year-old woman was beaten so severely that her jaw was dislocated, so she was unable to talk to police officers after the incident. The victim was allegedly beaten and raped in a parking lot of an Aliquippa church during the lunch hour on Dec. 13. The woman said the teen first exposed his genitals to her; when she turned to walk away, he grabbed her and threw her to the ground before assaulting her. The woman was only able to tell officers about the rape by writing about the incident, as her jaw had been so severely injured. Reports show that the young man has admitted to the attack, and he is currently being held in a Beaver County correctional facility on a $50,000 bond. The teen was tracked down shortly after the incident occurred, as the woman was able to describe what he was wearing. The man reportedly admitted his involvement in the incident after being questioned by police officers. Even though the allegations in this case are almost unfathomably awful, it is important to remember that an arrest for a sexual assault charge does not make the defendant guilty. Those accused of such sexual misconduct still have legal options, even after they have talked to police officers. Criminal defense attorneys may be able to provide assistance to these defendants, educating them about the best decisions for their individual sex crimes cases. Source:  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Teen charged in rape, beating of nun in Aliquippa” 15 December 2013

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