More charges for captured convict
Joseph Chapman’s long string of criminal cases moved forward last week when he was arraigned on charges of raping a child as well as numerous other felonies by District Judge Barry Brown of Emporium.
Chapman, 28, faces a dozen charges filed by Emporium Borough Police that include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of aggravated indecent assault and five counts of indecent assault.
State police at Emporium have added six charges that include rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and three counts of indecent assault.
Charges stem from a number of incidents that are alleged to have occurred at two Cameron County residences from November 2005 to April 2007 involving two girls, ages 7 and 8.
Chapman enjoyed five years of freedom after he walked away from a lowsecurity work detail at the McKean County Jail in July 2007, where he was being held on a probation violation stemming from a statutory sexual assault case in 2002.
A week after the escape, Emporium Borough Police filed felony charges against him in the most recent sexual assault cases. Chapman was finally apprehended and arrested in May near Dunkirk, N.Y.
Earlier this month, Chapman was sentenced in McKean County court to 27 to 54 months on the escape charges.
Preliminary hearings originally scheduled this week before District Judge Barry Brown have been postponed until Thursday, Oct. 11.