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Butler County man charged with raping girl in New Kensington

| Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Steffon Nikalas Kilgore

A 20-year-old Butler County man is accused of molesting a girl multiple times from the time she was 8.

New Kensington police charged Steffon Kilgore, 20, of Main Street, Karns City, with rape, assault, terroristic threats and more than a dozen sexually related counts.

The girl told investigators the attacks occurred during a five- to six-year period — sometimes three or four times a week — in relatives' homes in New Kensington.

The Valley News Dispatch isn't identifying the alleged victim or where she lives and doesn't routinely identify victims in cases alleging sexual assault.

According to police reports, the girl said she told Kilgore each time he demanded sex that she didn't want to have relations with him, but he would strike her and threaten to kill her.

The child told a teacher about the assaults after reading a book in class, according to police reports.

Police said some of the assaults occurred since Kilgore turned 18, including last Christmas season when he allegedly requested a sexual act to be performed while he and the girl were in a car in Central City Plaza, New Kensington.

The girl told police that time she refused and punched Kilgore in the genitals.

Police and the Westmoreland County District Attorney's office investigated, and charges were filed this week.

Kilgore was arrested on Tuesday and arraigned on Wednesday.

District Judge Frank J. Pallone ordered him held in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing next month in New Kensington.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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