Man Accused of Raping 11-Year-Old Girl in Venango County

| July 11, 2018

RICHLAND TWP., Pa. (ETY) – A 19-year-old Knox man is facing felony charges after he allegedly raped an 11-year-old girl repeatedly at a Venango County residence.

Franklin-based State Police Tpr. Haun filed the following charges against Jeremy Scott Fosbaugh on July 9, 2018, at Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office:

  • Rape of Child, Felony 1
  • Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1
  • Statutory Sexual Assault: 8-11 Years Older, Felony 2
  • Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
  • Indecent Assault Person Less than 13 Years of Age, Misdemeanor 1
  • Indecent Exposure, Misdemeanor 1

According to a criminal complaint filed by Tpr. Haun, around 4:30 p.m. on January 21, 2017, Tpr. Swatzler interviewed a known woman who is a relative of the victim.

The woman told Tpr. Swatzler that she was texting the victim earlier that day and the victim said Fosbaugh had sexual intercourse with her at a Richland Township residence, according to the complaint.

Court documents indicate that the abuse is alleged to have occurred on multiple occasions over a period that started on an unknown date in 2016 and continued through January 2017.

The criminal complaint states that the woman went on to explain that Fosbaugh had previously been charged as a juvenile for sexually molesting the victim when she was 5-years-old, which Tpr. Swatzler later confirmed.

A forensic interview was conducted with the victim at the Venango County Human Services Complex on January 26, 2017.

According to the complaint, in the interview, the victim disclosed that Fosbaugh would contact her via Snapchat and tell her to take her clothes off. She said he would then come into the room she was in, and if she wasn’t undressed, he would take her clothing off.

The victim then indicated that Fosbaugh would touch her genitals with his hand before making her lay down and initiating sexual intercourse.

The complaint states the victim indicated this terrified her and she told Fosbaugh to stop, but he ignored her. The victim also stated this made her “feel weird.”

According to the complaint, the victim indicated this occurred on multiple occasions.

The victim also stated that Fosbaugh told her that “nobody can know about what they did together.”

When asked if Fosbaugh used protection during these events, the victim stated, “at first he did not, but then he did.” She also told investigators that she could hear him opening the “thing,” referring to a condom package.

The complaint also notes that Venango County Assistant District Attorney Brenda Servidio interviewed the victim in June 2018 and the victim disclosed the same information that was provided during the forensic interview.

Based on the investigation, a warrant was issued for Fosbaugh’s arrest.

As of late Monday afternoon, Fosbaugh had not been taken into custody.

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic details were not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.

EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details were removed from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.

EDITOR’S NOTE 3: Details related to previous sexual assault charges against Jeremy Scott Fosbaugh were not available due to Fosbaugh being a juvenile at the time of the alleged incident(s).

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