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Area man is charged with rape

Authorities allege Kyle Robert Henninger, 29, repeatedly sexually assaulted a girl.


LARKSVILLE – Police charged a man they allege repeatedly raped a young girl.

Kyle Robert Henninger, 29, of Swoyersville, surrendered Thursday at the office of District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville, where he was arraigned on charges of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and child endangerment. He was accompanied by his attorney, Demetrius Fannick.

Henninger was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Police began their investigation in November after the girl notified school officials who, in turn, contacted Luzerne County Children and Youth Services.

During the arraignment, Fannick told Barilla that Henninger has been unemployed since losing his job when a supervisor found out about the investigation. Henninger told the judge he was employed by a company involved in the natural gas drilling industry in Wyoming County.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Detective John Edwards:

The girl told a guidance counselor within the Wyoming Valley West School District on Nov. 16 that she did not want to leave school because she feared Henninger. She claimed Henninger has been sexually assaulting her similar to the birds and the bees story she was taught in school.

During an interview at the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center, the girl told a counselor that Henninger had been touching her private areas, the criminal complaint says.

Police said in the complaint that the girl said she was sexually assaulted several times from August to November.

When police notified Henninger of the allegations, he said, “I do not want to go back to jail,” the complaint says.

Court records indicate Henninger was jailed at the county prison in April 2006 on domestic assault charges involving his wife. The assault charges were dismissed when his wife opted not to testify against him at a preliminary hearing in May 2006.

A preliminary hearing on the rape charges is scheduled on March 10 before Barilla.

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