Arnold man to stand trial for alleged rape
An Arnold man was ordered on Thursday to stand trial for allegedly raping a 17-year-old Pittsburgh girl after keeping her captive for hours last July.
It was the second time in five months that rape, kidnapping and other charges were held against Aaron M. McFadden, 21, along the 1300 block of Fourth Avenue in the same incident.
In September, after a preliminary hearing, those charges were held forcourt against the suspect.
But in January, a Westmoreland County Court judge ordered a new preliminary hearing because the audio recording of that hearing failed. The judge said the recording was necessary to preserve his rights at trial.
Therefore, on Thursday a second preliminary hearing was held in New Kensington.
Charges of rape, kidnapping and all but one of the other charges were again held for court.
However, this time, based on differing testimony, District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. dismissed a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.
That's because on Thursday the victim said she couldn't remember being hit by a handgun, something she testified to last September.
The victim testified on Thursday that she left her phone charger in a room where she bumped into McFadden. She described him as her former boyfriend with whom she once had a sexual relationship.
The girl testified that McFadden closed the door to an upstairs bedroom and wouldn't allow her to leave despite her repeated requests to do so.
She testified that the two scuffled.
At one point McFadden “pulled a pistol” and she grabbed a hammer.
“I held the hammer and he held the gun. And then everything went black, and I was on the bed. My head hurt,” she said.
She testified that she tried to fight off McFadden, but he tore off her clothes and raped her.
The victim testified he used her belt to punish her and choked with a plastic bag. McFadden ordered her to keep the incident quiet and threatened to shoot her and throw her body in an alley.
The incident lasted at least six hours, the victim testified, and ended only when the suspect was asleep at about 4 a.m. and she slipped away.
The girl said she had back abrasions, a bruised arm, split lip and blurred vision.
Officials said she was tested for sexual assault at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison.Court-appointed defense attorney Valerie Veltri argued Thursday that the weapons charge should be dismissed.
Assistant District Attorney Judy Petrush countered that there was more than enough circumstantial evidence to hold that charge for court.
“She fights so hard to get out of that room” and is knocked down, she argued.
The victim “couldn't say that she saw the gun hitting his head, but she wakes up on the bed and her head hurts,” Petrush said. “She wasn't hurting before she winds up on the bed.”
Veltri disagreed. “I would think the victim would remember a gun coming up to hit her,” she said.
Veltri also asked the girl if anyone heard the fighting. She said no.
Pallone dismissed the aggravated assault with a weapon charge. He held for court charges of forcible rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal mischief.McFadden is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Westmoreland County Court in April. He is in the county jail without bond awaiting trial.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New-Ken Arnold will have new-look school security
- $6K in library books stolen
- Lower Burrell teen uses operatic gift to support Alzheimer’s charity
- Sentencing set in Harmar election conspiracy case
- PSNK will show new face this fall
- Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator
- Fire, water training mix for Freeport volunteer company
- New Kensington slaying victims identified
- Drills put police, teachers in danger zone
- Pittsburgh eagle webcam closes down for year
- South Butler School Board director not afraid to stand alone