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Arnold man held for court on rape, assault charges

| Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 1:41 a.m.
Aaron McFadden of New Kensington

Most of the charges against an Arnold man charged with assaulting and raping a girl have been held for court.

In July, Arnold police charged Aaron Michael McFadden, 20, of 1393 Fourth Ave., with aggravated assault with a weapon, kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape by force and other charges.

New Kensington Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. on Thursday held most of the charges against McFadden and denied bail.

“I have a concern for the safety of the victim,” Pallone said.

McFadden, who pleaded not guilty, has been in Westmore-land County Jail in lieu of $150,000 straight bail.

Pallone dropped one of two assault charges.

On Thursday, the victim, a 17-year-old Pittsburgh girl, recounted her alleged rape in McFadden's home on July 21.

The Valley News Dispatch does not identify victims in cases where sexual assault is alleged.

The victim said she went to McFadden's home to retrieve her cell phone or cell phone charger.

The girl said she had seen McFadden earlier during her visit with a friend.

According to the victim and police reports, McFadden told the girl that she could not leave.

They got into a scuffle, and the girl picked up a hammer and tried to hit McFadden.

She said he choked her and, at one point, put a plastic bag around her head or over her mouth, she said.

She said she was unable to remember those details.

The victim said McFadden ripped off the front of her jeans and raped her.

She testified that she was held against her will from 10 p.m. to about 4 a.m.

She said that she stayed while he slept and left about 8 a.m.

The victim said that she had broken off a relationship with McFadden before the assault .

She confirmed that she had known him for about a year.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com.

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