Man Accused of Raping Child in Washington Township Faces Jury Trial

| August 20, 2018

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A jury trial has been set for a 28-year-old man who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl at a Washington Township, Clarion County residence over four years ago.

According to court documents, 28-year-old Lars Matthew Rindahl, of Annville, Lebanon County, Pa., (formerly of Tidioute) faces a jury trial at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, in Clarion County Court with President Judge James G. Arner presiding.

Rindahl has been charged with the following offenses:

– Rape of Child, Felony 1
– Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older, Felony 1
– Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with Child, Felony 1
– Sexual Assault, Felony 2
– Indecent Assault Person Less than 13 Years of Age, Felony 3

Rindahl is free after District Judge Timothy P. Schill ordered his bail type changed to unsecured at $50,000.00 on February 13, 2018.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, the investigation began on November 6, 2016, when a juvenile victim reported to Franklin-based State Police that she was sexually assaulted by Rindahl at a residence on Sunny Road, in Lickingville, Washington Township.

In a forensic interview that occurred at the Children’s Home Society in Bartow, Florida, on December 13, 2016, the victim disclosed that she was visiting a family member at a private residence in Lickingville in late December 2013 at the time of the incident.

The 12-year-old victim said that she was left alone with Rindahl, and he began touching her in a sexual manner. She said she was scared to tell him to stop and that his actions then became more aggressive, according to the criminal complaint.

Rindahl then allegedly made an inappropriate comment to the girl before he continued to perform a sexual act on her, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation was subsequently transferred to Trooper. Nicewonger, of Marienville-based State Police, who filed the charges.

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


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