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Suspect arrested in rape of 6-year-old

Defendant from Edwardsville captured Thursday, committed to jail in default of $100K bail.

Marcy

An Edwardsville man was arrested Thursday and charged with raping a 6-year-old girl.

Joseph D. Marcy, 23, of Roosevelt Street, is accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl at his Hilltop Apartments home during the period beginning Jan. 20 until recently, according to arrest papers filed by Edwardsville police. A warrant for Marcy’s arrest was issued Thursday morning.

Police said they captured him later Thursday in his family’s vehicle on Grove Street.

Marcy was charged with felony counts of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, court records state.

According to the criminal complaint affidavit: A caseworker from Luzerne County Children and Youth Services notified borough police of suspected child abuse on July 7. Officer Michael Lehman investigated.

On July 28, the girl, a kindergartner, told police that Marcy kept two magazines with “bad stuff in them” in a toy box at his home. The girl said Marcy raped her and committed other sexual acts.

The victim reported the abuse to her grandmother, who at the time was caring for her.

According to the affidavit, she told the girl “it was a dream” and to “just tell him to stop and throw the book away.”

On Nov. 23, a second interview was conducted with the girl. Police said in arrest papers the child’s allegations remained consistent throughout the investigation.

The Times Leader does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Marcy was arraigned Thursday evening before District Judge Diana Malast, Plains Township, and taken to the county prison for the lack of $100,000 straight bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9.

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