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Virginia man accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in North Huntingdon

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Thomas Mark Rhodes
Thomas Mark Rhodes

A Virginia man is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on charges that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl at a North Huntingdon hotel.

Thomas Mark Rhodes, 36, of Alexandria, Va., surrendered Monday on 11 counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and criminal solicitation.

Township police allege that Rhodes performed sex acts on the girl in exchange for $5 at a room at the Holiday Inn Express on Route 30 in September 2015. Police received a report of the alleged abuse in January.

The girl's mother previously dated Rhodes and they met for a meal at a township restaurant, police said. Afterward, Rhodes told his then-girlfriend that he would watch the girl for the night, according to a criminal complaint.

Rhodes' bail is set at $300,000. His attorney declined to comment.

An Oct. 11 preliminary hearing is set.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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