Kentucky Man Accused of Raping Child in Irwin Township Held for Court

| November 14, 2019

IRWIN TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Kentucky man was held for court on Wednesday on charges related to the alleged rape of a child in Irwin Township.

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Court documents indicate the following charges against 54-year-old James M. Yeager, of Elizabeth Town, Kentucky, were held for court on Wednesday, November 13:

– Rape of child, Felony 1 (seven counts)
– Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse With Child, Felony 1 (seven counts)
– Aggravated Indecent Assault of Child, Felony 1 (seven counts)
– Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1 (seven counts)
– Statutory Sexual Assault, Felony 2 (seven counts)
– Unlawful Restraint/Involuntary Servitude, Felony 2
– Indecent Assault Person less than 13 Years of Age, Misdemeanor 1 (seven counts)

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

Yeager remains lodged in the Venango County Jail with bail denied and the bail action reason listed as “Flight Risk.”

The charges stem from an investigation into a report to the Childline Child Abuse Hotline.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 4:27 p.m. on July 31, 2019, an investigation request was initiated by Clarion-based State Police through the Childline Child Abuse Hotline. Clarion-based State Police forwarded the case to Franklin-based State Police based on the details and the allegations of where the crimes occurred.

According to the complaint, the information initially discovered in the investigation was that a 13-year-old victim was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions by James M. Yeager between the years 2012 and 2013 when the victim was six years old.

It was discovered that the crimes occurred at a location on Georgetown Road in Irwin Township, Venango County. Based on the information received, the victim was then forensically interviewed with the help of Venango County Children and Youth Services (CYS).

In the forensic interview, the victim related that when he was approximately six or seven years old, James Yeager “did a lot of things to him,” and went into further details of the sexual assault. The victim also noted that he was forced and “did not want to do that” and said “it hurt.” He noted that Yeager used physical force. The victim also noted that this occurred on multiple occasions and said Yeager stated: “You better not tell anyone,” according to the complaint.

Charges were filed against Yeager through Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey on Friday, October 25, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was arraigned in front of Judge Lowrey on Monday, November 4.

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

EDITOR’S NOTE #2: Additional details were omitted to help protect the identity of the victim.

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