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Lewistown man faces sex charges

Resident, 28, accused of ‘inappropriately touching’ 10-year-old

LEWISTOWN — A 28-year-old Lewistown man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly touching a 10-year-old inappropriately.

Garth David Kline was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jack Miller on Thursday on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated assault, sexual assault and corruption of minors for an incident that occurred in August.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause, the child reported to the mother being inappropriately touched while in bed with the accused.

The mother reported the incident to Mifflin County Children and Youth Services, saying that when she confronted Kline about the incident, he became very upset, telling her he didn’t remember and wasn’t sure if the incident occurred.

According to the report, Kline told the child’s mother he may have touched the child “by accident.”

When the child was interviewed by Bellefonte Children’s Advocacy Center, the child reportedly said they were there to “talk about a bad memory,” and disclosed having been touched by Kline.

In an interview with a Lewistown Police Department officer, Kline denied “purposely” touching the child and stated that he often touched his wife inappropriately when he was asleep.

During a scheduled police interview on Thursday with Lewistown Police Department, Kline admitted to inappropriately touching the child and was taken to Mifflin County Correctional Facility where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

He is awaiting a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Miller’s office.

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