Man Who Raped 12-Year-Old Girl to be Sentenced Next Month

| September 22, 2018

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Lebanon County man who was recently found guilty of raping a 12-year-old girl at a Washington Twp. residence will be sentenced on October 3.

Lars Matthew Rindahl, 28, of Annville, Lebanon County, and formerly of Tidioute, is scheduled to be sentenced by Clarion County President Judge James G. Arner on October 3 at 9:00 a.m.

Rindahl was found guilty of the following charges on Thursday, August 30, following a jury trial at the Clarion County Courthouse:

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

One count of second-degree felony Sexual Assault was nolle prossed.

Rindahl was placed in the Clarion County Jail on August 30 when his bail was revoked via a jury trial order.

Clarion County Chief Public Defender Erich R. Spessard is representing Rindahl. The case was tried by Clarion County District Attorney Mark T. Aaron.

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 S. 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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