Washington Twp. man facing trial in sex case
A Washington Township man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl was ordered Friday to stand trial.
Timothy F. Balchick, 22, of 53 Marion Villa, is charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault-victim less than 16-years-old, unlawful contact with minor-sexual offense, indecent assault-victim less than 16-years-old, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct.
The alleged victim testified for about 30 minutes during Balchick's preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer in Belle Vernon.
The Valley Independent does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes.
The girl testified that she was shooting basketball at the courts in the Arnold City complex April 5 when Balchick and a friend arrived.
After a brief conversation, the friend left, and Balchick accompanied the girl to her residence, purportedly to ask the girl's mother about a haircut.
The victim testified she voluntarily went with Balchick to his residence to look at video games and then began to watch a movie.
When Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Meghann Mikluscak asked what happened next, the victim began to sob and said Balchick removed her pants and engaged in a sexual act. The girl said she unsuccessfully attempted to push him off.
The incident lasted about two minutes, she testified.
As the girl testified, Balchick's father put his head in his hands.
The victim testified that two weeks later, her mother found out about the incident and called police. The girl said she did not leave the house during the two-week period and had no contact with Balchick.
She admitted to going to Balchick's residence voluntarily and testified that she told Washington Township police Officer Jeremy Hofmann that the sexual act was consensual.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Hofmann interviewed the girl and her parents April 24.
On May 11, Hofmann interviewed Balchick, who provided a voluntary statement, the officer testified.
Balchick allegedly admitted the two were watching a movie and began to kiss, which led to consensual intercourse.
Hofmann testified that during an earlier interview, Balchick admitted no wrongdoing.
A criminal complaint states that Hofmann eventually received permission from the girl's parents to interview her alone. At that time she allegedly stated that the intercourse was consensual and that it was not rape.
Mikluscak objected, arguing that consent has nothing to do with the charges.
During cross-examination by Public Defender Jeffrey Whiteko, the victim broke down numerous times, admitting she became confused during the interviews.
She testified that she did not tell Balchick her age and didn't remember if he asked how old she was.
After Cramer ordered Balchick to stand trial, the victim hugged a supporter in the gallery as she tearfully thanked her for coming.
Balchick is scheduled to be formally arraigned 9:30 a.m. July 18. He remained free on $2,500 unsecured bond.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
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