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Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Charleroi man free on bond while awaiting trial in Fayette County on indecent assault charges is back in jail for the alleged sexual assault of a 5-year-old child.

Charleroi Regional Police said Jonathan McDonough, 39, of 1012 Crest Ave., assaulted the girl at his residence on June 15-16.

Officer Michael Leasure stated in an affidavit of probable cause that he was called to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township on June 22 by emergency room Dr. Geoffry T. Connolly.

Connolly reported that the child's mother brought her to the hospital to report the alleged assaults.

According to the affidavit, the child told Leasure she awakened to find McDonough assaulting her.

The child allegedly said she screamed at him to stop. The girl said McDonough did so and then stayed with her until she fell asleep.

McDonough was charged with felony counts of indeviate sexual intercourse-person less than 16 years old, contact/communication with a minor-sexual offenses, and aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old.

He faces misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old and corruption of minors.

McDonough was arraigned June 23 by Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis and placed in the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 straight cash bond.

McDonough was scheduled Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing in Washington County Central Court.

In the Fayette County case, McDonough allegedly assaulted a woman in Belle Vernon.

McDonough was released from the Fayette County Jail on $2,500 unsecured bond on Sept. 14, where he had been lodged following his Aug. 31 arrest on allegations he raped the 34-year-old woman at a Belle Vernon residence. Southwest Regional police said McDonough admitted to engaging in sexual intercourse with the woman, even though she repeatedly said no.

Police said McDonough also admitted that a 6-month-old baby was in a bassinet in the room during the alleged assault, while a 5-year-old girl was in an adjacent bedroom.

In the Fayette case, McDonough is charged with indecent assault and harassment.

Charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, indeviate sexual intercourse forcible compulsion and sexual assault were dismissed during an Oct. 12 hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jesse Cramer in Belle Vernon.

McDonough rejected a plea offer by the Fayette County District Attorney's office on April 30, according to court records. A trial date has not been set in that case.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at

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