ShareThis Page

Rape joins long list of charges for Lower Burrell man

| Friday, July 12, 2013, 12:31 a.m.
Photo courtesy of Westmoreland County jail
Westmoreland County Detectives on August 14, 2013, charged William Grant, 20, of Lower Burrell with rape and related charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl earlier this year. He was arrested last month on similar charges involving a 13-year-old girl by New Kensington police in July.

New Kensington police on Thursday added rape to the list of 32 other charges a Lower Burrell man faces for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl this spring.

William Christopher Grant, 20, of Hastings Drive is accused of having sex with the girl six times in March and April at the girl's house and the Pittsburgh Ice Arena in New Kensington.

Detective Lt. James Klein in a criminal complaint said the victim reported the alleged abuse in late April after she said Grant confessed that he was 20, not 16, as he had initially told her.

According to the complaint:

The girl met Grant in early March at the Craigdell Road ice rink, and they communicated for several days through text messages. She told police he at one point told her he was 20, but she didn't believe him.

She said she agreed to “be his girl forever.”

The girl told police they kissed and socialized on two occasions at her home when she was alone. She said during the second meeting, Grant tried to touch her in a sexual way and got angry when she made him stop.

On the third meeting at her home, the girl said Grant convinced her to have sex. Afterward, he allegedly said, “Congrats, you're not a virgin anymore.”

The girl said she had sex with him five more times, including once in a bathroom at the ice rink.

“The victim said she did it again because she knew he would get angry if she said no,” Klein wrote.

The girl told police it was after the sixth sexual encounter, which occurred on her 14th birthday, that she learned Grant's age. She told police she became upset, and that was the last time she saw him.

Klein wrote that Grant was interviewed on May 29 and admitted to the sexual relationship in a recorded statement.

But on Thursday, Grant's attorney, public defender Greg Cecchetti, indicated Grant planned to challenge the charges at his preliminary hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro said the prosecution instead would withdraw the charges and immediately refiled them with a count of rape by forcible compulsion added to the tally.

Grant also is charged with seven counts each of unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault and corruption of a minor; six counts of statutory sexual assault; four counts of aggravated indecent assault; and a count of sexual assault.

Grant was arraigned again and continues to be held in the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Ciaramitaro requested Pallone increase the bond to $250,000 since the rape charge was added, Grant has an outstanding warrant, and Ciaramitaro said it took some time to locate him.

But Pallone noted Grant already has been in jail since his May arrest and hasn't been able to make bail.

Grant told the judge he lives with a relative, has no job and has two children for whom he does not pay child support.

He told Pallone he is on probation for a conviction on a theft charge last year.

Grant faces a preliminary hearing on the sex assault charges before Pallone on July 25.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.