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Trial ordered in West Brownsville child rape case

| Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

A former West Brownsville man Wednesday was ordered to stand trial for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl.

The alleged victim testified during a preliminary hearing that Caleb Kenion "Teo" Ramey, 29, of 221 Center St., Burgettstown - on more than one occasion - got her out of bed at his former Main Street home in West Brownsville and performed sex acts on her in a bathroom.

The hearing took place in Washington County Central Court before Magisterial District Judge Robert Redlinger, of Washington, Pa.

While the girl could not pinpoint times of the alleged offenses, she told Assistant District Attorney Traci McDonald that Ramey bound her hands and feet with Duct tape, "more than once."

Asked by McDonald why she didn't scream during the alleged encounters, the girl said she couldn't because her mouth was taped shut.

The girl testified that Ramey instructed her not to scream.

She testified that Ramey also whipped her with his hand and with a belt "over and under her clothing."

The girl claimed the assaults occurred while others in the house slept.

On Aug. 31, the girl told a social worker at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh about the alleged assaults, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis in Centerville.

West Brownsville Police Officer Thomas O'Barto testified that on Sept 2, he interviewed Ramey, who declined to provide a written statement.

O'Barto said he interviewed the girl Sept. 21 at her Clarksville home.

He said the girl's parents are deceased, adding she has been living in Clarksville with foster parents.

The girl testified that she has known Ramey all of her life and that she occasionally slept at his house.

Ramey was charged with felony counts of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, endangering the welfare of a child, kidnap to inflict injury/terror, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.

He was charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats.

Defense attorney David Chunko, of Washington, Pa., asked Redlinger to dismiss all charges and asked that Ramey be placed on an unsecured bond because his family is reliant on his income from work.

McDonald argued that the bond should not be revoked because Ramey was heard saying at his arraignment that he was "going to find them."

The judge reduced the bond from $500,000 to $100,000.

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