Date of hearing not set
MIFFLINTOWN – A second preliminary hearing was continued on Wednesday for a man charged with raping a child.
Dennis J. Walton, 51, is charged in two separate cases involving the alleged sexual abuse of children.
Juniata County District Attorney Cory Snook said a hearing will be held to address both cases at Magisterial District Judge Barb Lyter’s office, but the hearing has not yet been scheduled.
Wednesday’s hearing was supposed to address multiple charges filed against Walton, which include rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and other related charges.
The now-32-year-old female alleged victim told police Walton performed various sexual acts on her over a period of several years, which began when she was seven years old. The abuse continued into her teen years, with the last assault occurring when she 25 years old, police said.
The alleged victim told police Walton would threaten her, according to court documents.
These charges came on the heels of another case involving Walton in which a now-11-year-old girl alleges he sexually abused her as well.
The charges stem from an investigation initiated by a report of suspected child abuse made to authorities by Juniata County Children and Youth Services. According to documents, the then-10-year-old girl was interviewed by a specialist at the Children’s Resource Center on Feb. 21, 2012.
During the interview, the girl said that on one occasion Walton had her remove her clothing inside a residence, after which he allegedly inappropriately touched her, according to documents. He then allegedly directed the girl to perform a sex act on him, which she described as “unappropriate,” police said.
According to documents, during a follow-up interview, the girl said Walton had further inappropriate sexual contact with her three times over the course of several days. She was able to identify details of the alleged incidents using anatomical drawings provided during the interviews, according to documents.
Walton remains incarcerated in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of a combined $100,000 bail.