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Sexual assault charges against Allegheny Township man held for trial

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 12:22 a.m.

Charges against an Allegheny Township man accused of sexually molesting three girls were held for trial at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

James R. Householder, 43, of Greenwood Road faces multiple charges in the alleged incidents, which Lower Burrell police say began when one of the girls was 5 years old.

According to police, the three girls told authorities that Householder fondled them on numerous occasions.

One of the other victims said he began molesting her when she was about 14 and the other said the sexual abuse started when she was 13 or 14.

Householder is being held in the Westmoreland County jail on $50,000 bond in each of the three cases.

According to court documents, the girls said the incidents occurred during times the girls would visit with each other and have sleepovers at an apartment in Allegheny Township and residences in Lower Burrell and Harrison.

Two of the girls said that sometimes during the sleepovers they would take turns staying awake in an attempt to keep Householder away from them.

The Westmoreland County Children's Bureau notified police about the suspected child abuse on Aug. 20.

Householder is charged with 16 counts of indecent assault; four counts of attempted rape; one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; three counts of aggravated indecent assault on a child; two counts of unlawful contact with a minor; two counts of indecent exposure; one count of endangering the welfare of children; three counts of corruption of minors; and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

Householder's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Westmoreland County Court.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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