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Local man charged with child sex crimes

Stringfellow jailed in lieu of $2 million bail

COBURN — A Burnham man was taken into custody without incident Thursday after an investigation by Mifflin County Regional Police Department of a report of suspected child abuse from Mifflin County Children and Youth Services.

Douglas Scott Stringfellow, 63, is charged with one count each of rape of a child and statutory sexual assault; two counts of indecent assault; three counts each of aggravated indecent assault and aggravated indecent assault of a child; five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; six counts of sexual assault; and eight counts of corruption of a minor.

Stringfellow was taken into custody without incident at Poe Valley State Park in Centre County, with cooperation of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kent Smith and lodged in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail.

Police received a report earlier this month of suspected inappropriate contact by Stringfellow with a minor.

As a part of the investigation, the minor was interviewed by professionals at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Bellefonte. As a result of information gleaned from that interview, MCRPD officers continued the investigation and were able to gather evidence to corroborate the minor’s account, according to a police report.

Officers said through investigation, they learned the alleged inappropriate contact was both recent and has been ongoing for several years.

Police said the investigation continues as other pieces of evidence are explored.

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