2 alleged sex offenders waive hearings
Two men, each facing a rape charge for separate incidents in which they are accused of having sexual intercourse with a minor, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Dalton Sullivan, 20, of Vandergrift is charged with raping a 13-year-old Kiski Township girl on June 10.
The alleged incident occurred when Sullivan was 19.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim told police that she was at her friend's house when her friend had to leave to take an unidentified juvenile to band practice. The victim agree to watch her friend's sister and another youth.
That's when, according to police, Sullivan came into the bedroom and asked the victim to have sex with him. She said no. The victim told police that Sullivan then pushed her shoulders down on the bed and raped her.
When Sullivan heard the downstairs door open, he left the victim in the bedroom, according to a criminal complaint.
Sullivan provided a written statement to police saying the victim willingly had sex with him, the complaint states.
Sullivan is also charged with sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent assault of someone under age 16.
In the other case Tuesday, William Grant, 20, of Lower Burrell is charged with indecent assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
Grant was already facing a rape charge and other counts for allegedly having a sexual relationship with another 13-year-old girl between March and May of this year.
Police filed the additional charges in August when the second 13-year-old's mother found her daughter's journal, which indicated the girl was in a sexual relationship with Grant. She also found inappropriate photos on her daughter's phone, some of which were sent to the victim.
When questioned by police, Grant denied having a sexual relationship with the teen.
The girl told police that she and Grant had discussed their age difference before getting sexually involved, according to a criminal complaint.
Grant is being held in the West-moreland County jail. Sullivan is free on 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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