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Former Coal Center man charged in repeated sexual assaults on young girl

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Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

A former Coal Center man is accused of raping a young girl for more than a decade.

Scott Seman, 38, of 5664 National Pike, New Salem, is in jail on numerous charges after the girl — now a teenager — reported the alleged assaults began when she was about 3 years old. The investigation began May 5, 2013.

California police charged Seman with felony counts of rape, statutory rape, involuntary and voluntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.

Seman, accompanied by his attorney, David N. Lint, turned himself in Monday to Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.

Hopkins arraigned Seman on the charges and sent him to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 straight cash bond.

Officer Alyssa Haines filed the charges following an investigation by Washington County Children and Youth Services and the Washington County District Attorney's office.

The girl, who is now 14 or 15, told investigators the alleged assaults began at a home in Long Branch when she was around 3 to 5 years old, according to the criminal complaint.

The teen said she has a “vivid memory” of the alleged incidents as they began after she was in a vehicle accident, the complaint states.

The alleged victim stated Seman allegedly made her get in the shower with him because that's what “big girls do,” according to the police complaint.

During a forensic interview, the girl reported “multiple assaults” occurred in the basement and an upstairs bedroom of the home, the report states.

Seman faces a preliminary hearing on the charges at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13 in Washington County Central Court.

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

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