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Sexual assaults of boy, girl, allegedly began in 2003 in Masontown residence

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Three people are charged with sexually assaulting two children over an eight-year-period in Fayette County.

Elmer Plum, 70, of 102 Village of Searights, Menallen, is charged by state police at Uniontown with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Dawn Marie Bryner, 35, of Hibbs, is charged with statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.

Joshua Glenn Wolfe, 29, of 234B Second St., New Salem, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

In criminal complaints, Trooper Heather Clem said the abuse began in 2003 at a residence in Masontown, where Plum inappropriately touched a boy.

The assaults later escalated to rape at a Menallen residence, according to the complaint. A younger girl was abused at the same location through 2011, police said.

Bryner is accused of sexually assaulting the boy at the Menallen home sometime between 2009 and 2011. Wolfe sexually assaulted the girl at the same home between 2009 and 2011, according to the complaints.

According to one of the complaints, Plum denied the allegations when confronted by police. He told two troopers during a March 18 interview at the Uniontown barracks that he was “over the stage of messing with kids,” the complaint states.

During his arraignment Tuesday on the charges, Plum told an attorney who briefly represented him that he is innocent.

“I didn't do none of that,” Plum said.

All three were arraigned before South Union District Judge Joseph George Jr. and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bond each. Preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for March 27 before George.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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