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Vandergrift man to face trial for rape

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
 

A 29-year-old Vandergrift man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for allegedly raping an ex-girlfriend last week.

Adam Corey McKendree, of 212 Holmes St. is accused of walking through the unlocked door of the woman's Vandergrift apartment on Jan. 24 about 9:30 p.m. and forcing her into the bedroom.

The alleged victim was the sole witness to testify at McKendree's preliminary hearing Tuesday.

The woman testified she hadn't been with McKendree for about three years and ignored text messages from him. The Valley News Dispatch doesn't usually use the names of alleged sexual assault victims.

On Tuesday, the woman testified that she called McKendree the morning of the alleged assault only to tell him that their dog had died.

She testified that he called back and said he had to see her; she said no, she had no interest because Mc-Kendree had punched and kicked her before she left him. She didn't press charges.

In a second phone call hours before the assault, the woman testified that McKendree needed a job and asked her help in obtaining a specific one. She declined.Then, at about 9:30 p.m., the woman said she had just changed into pajamas and was preparing to lock her door and go to bed when McKendree walked inside the one-bedroom apartment.

She testified that McKendree put his arm around her shoulder and pushed and pulled her into the bedroom before throwing her down onto the bed.

“I kept telling him I didn't want to do this and yelled at him, but it was like he didn't even hear me,” she testified, adding that she tried to push her knee into his groin, but failed.At one point, she fell off the side of the bed, but was pulled back by McKendree.

The alleged victim testified that after McKendree finished, he told her “he loved me and wanted a baby by me.”

He went into the living room; the woman went into the bathroom and later to living room to get her cell phone.

She sat on one side of the couch away from Mc-Kendree and sent a text to summon to a girlfriend. The friend texted that she would be there right away. McKendree slid across the couch in an attempt to read the texts.

According to the victim, the friend's boyfriend called the apartment and told McKendree to leave.

Allegheny Township District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec held to court rape and sexual assault charges against McKendree. Yakopec granted a prosecutor's request to drop an aggravated indecent assault charge.

Yakopec continued Mc-Kendree's bond at 10 percent of $75,000, meaning that McKendree can remain out of jail pending trial.

Yakopec ordered McKendree not to have any contact with the victim or any other witnesses. He must also remain in his father's house except for medical or court appointments.McKendree is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Westmoreland County Court on March 20.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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