Smithfield man held for trial on rape charges
A Fayette County man accused of sexually assaulting two girls between 2008 and 2012 was held for trial on Tuesday after preliminary hearings before Masontown District Judge Randy Abraham.
James Jeremy Johns, 33, of Smithfield, is charged by state police at Uniontown with rape, rape of a child, sexual assault and four counts of indecent assault.
In criminal complaints, Trooper Heather Clem-Johnston said the girls were between 4 and 5 years old when the assaults occurred at two residences in Georges Township. Now 10 and 11 years old, the girls confided in a school guidance counselor who then contacted police, according to the complaints.
During interviews with police, Johns denied the allegations, according to the complaints.
He is free on $75,000 unsecured bond and is to appear before Judge Steve Leskinen on Aug. 15 for formal arraignment.
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