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Hearing continued in Arnold man's rape case

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Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

The preliminary hearing for an Arnold man charged with assaulting and raping a girl last month has been continued as the defendant obtains an attorney.

New Kensington Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. on Thursday continued the hearing of Aaron Michael McFadden, 20, of 1393 Fourth Ave., so he can apply for a public defender. The hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5.

Arnold police have charged McFadden with aggravated assault with a weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape by force and other charges.

He is accused of beating an Arnold juvenile with a gun and raping her. According to the police complaint, the incident occurred at his home on July 21.

The alleged victim went to McFadden's residence to retrieve her cell phone, which was charging in a bedroom, where she found “Smiles” McFadden, according to the police report.

Allegedly, McFadden told the girl that she could not leave. Police say he threatened to duct tape her mouth, take her to the basement and kill her.

The girl told police that she picked up a hammer and tried to hit McFadden, but he started to choke her, and at one point put a plastic bag over her head.

According to police, McFadden ripped off the front of the girl's jeans and raped her.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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