Cooperstown Man Waives Hearing on Rape Charges

| July 12, 2018

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Cooperstown man waived his preliminary hearing on Wednesday on rape and related charges stemming from an incident in Plum Township last week.

According to court documents, the following charges against 36-year-old Jeffrey Allen Nelson, of Cooperstown, were waived for court on Wednesday, July 11, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office:

  • Rape Threat Of Forcible Compulsion, Felony 1
  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
  • Strangulation – Blocking the Nose and Mouth of the Person, Felony 2
  • Aggravated Assault, Felony 1
  • Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Felony 3
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

Nelson remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

He was denied bail due to stating that he “would kill the victim for calling the police,” according to court documents.

Charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on Thursday, July 5, Trooper Cirell, of PSP Franklin, was dispatched to a call of a domestic violence incident.

Trooper Cirell met the known female victim in the Sheetz parking lot in Sugarcreek Borough.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that Jeffery Nelson had choked her several times and had also thrown her down a flight of stairs and attempted to suffocate her with a towel. The victim indicated that Nelson made multiple threats to kill her and specific members of her family if she called the police.

Trooper Cirell noted multiple scars and bruising on the victim’s neck, arms, and the wrist of her right hand. He also noted a small cut that was still bleeding on the pinky finger of her right hand. The victim stated the cut was from Nelson biting her finger. The victim complained of neck pain, said she was having difficulty swallowing, and that she could not hear out of her left ear, according to the complaint.

The victim told Trooper Cirell she intended to go to the hospital after they finished speaking.

After speaking to the victim, Trooper Cirell went to the victim’s address, took Nelson into custody, and transported him to PSP Franklin.

While at PSP Franklin, Trooper Cirell called the victim who indicated that she was at the hospital receiving treatment for her injuries. During the call, Trooper Cirell asked the victim about the sexual intercourse she wrote about in her written statement, specifically asking if the intercourse was consensual.

According to the complaint, the victim stated that the intercourse was not consensual and she felt Nelson would kill her if she did not have intercourse with him.


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