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Local woman charged with statutory sexual assault

LEWISTOWN — A 19-year-old Lewistown woman faces sexual assault and related charges for incidents that allegedly occurred between November and December of 2021.

Carly A. Freed is accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old whom she knew to be underage, according to Lewistown Police and court documents.

Freed is accused of befriending the minor through social media and initiating the relationship. According to the affidavit of probable cause, Freed and the accuser illegally entered the former Buchanan Elementary School in Lewistown Borough where, according to the minor, Freed forced him to have intercourse with her. The affidavit goes on to state that the two subsequently had relations on more than one occasion.

The affidavit states that the minor was hesitant to report the incidents because he previously had infractions with the law. It also states that an unidentified male made threats to the accuser online against reporting the incident.

After the report was made, the affidavit states, police interviewed Freed, who confirmed the incidents as described by the accuser. Freed conceded to being aware of the minor’s age, court documents state, but said the sex was consensual.

She also admitted to sending nude photos to the minor, the affidavit states.

Freed is charged with three counts each of statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, corruption of a minor, dissemination of explicit sexual material to a minor and one count of criminal trespass.

Freed was arraigned before Magisterial Judge Jack Miller and lodged in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 monetary bail.

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