Lower Burrell man accused of child rape charged with assault on 2nd girl
Police have filed indecent assault charges against a Lower Burrell man already facing a rape charge and other counts on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
William Grant, 20, was arraigned Thursday on nine charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl between March and May.
Westmoreland County Detective Robert Weaver wrote in a criminal complaint that the girl's mother contacted him in June when she found inappropriate photos on her daughter's phone, some of which were sent to her.
The mother also found her daughter's journal, which indicated the girl was in a sexual relationship with Grant.
When questioned by police, Grant denied having a sexual relationship with the victim. Police say he did admit that on two occasions when the girl ran away from home, she stayed with him at his grandmother's house, where he lives. He said the two camped out one night.
According to police, the girl said she and Grant discussed their age difference before getting sexually involved.
Grant is charged with indecent assault of a person younger than 16, two counts each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors and other related charges.
The earlier case
In early July, New Kensington police charged Grant with rape and 32 other counts for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl this spring.
In that case, Grant 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.
The girl told police that during their meeting at her home, Grant convinced her to have sex. The girl said she had sex with him five more times. She told police she did it again because she knew Grant would get angry if she said no, according to a criminal complaint.
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.
Grant is being held in the Westmoreland County jail on $75,000 bond.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or email@example.com.
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