Man ordered to trial on charges that he raped an 85-year-old nun
A retired nun told a Beaver County courtroom on Thursday that she did not want to know the name of the man accused of raping and beating her.
“If that's the name of the person who persecuted me, I have made an effort not to find out his name,” the elderly nun said when a public defender asked if she knew Andrew Bullock, 18, of Aliquippa.
District Judge Joseph Schafer ordered Bullock to stand trial in connection with the attack on more than a dozen charges, including rape and aggravated indecent assault.
Moments later, Bullock glared at his girlfriend and said, “Get me an attorney.” Public defenders Ron Rojas and Shawn Dryer represented him at the preliminary hearing.
The 85-year-old nun testified that she was putting papers in a recycling bin outside St. Titus Catholic Church in Aliquippa about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 when a man appeared beside her and offered to help.
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The nun said she then saw the man had exposed himself.
“I knew I was in terrible trouble,” she testified. “I tried to run and started to scream and scream. I was terrified. I can't tell you — I was filled with so much terror. I couldn't believe this was happening to me.”
The assailant pulled her to him, she said, and punched her in the jaw, choked her and then knocked her face-down to the ground while screaming at her. The nun said she did not know if she was sexually assaulted because she blacked out.
“I knew I was going to suffer,” the woman said.
After the man disappeared, the nun said, she dragged herself across the church parking lot, shouting as loud as she could, though she couldn't speak because her jaw had been dislocated.
While testifying, she wore a blue and white brace around her head and under her jaw.
Police said a witness gave a clothing description of someone possibly involved in the attack that led them to Bullock.
Rojas argued that the nun did not identify Bullock as her attacker in court and could not pick him out of a photo array. Also, the nun told police that her attacker could be Hispanic, Rojas said. Bullock is biracial.
Aliquippa police Officer Ryan Pudik testified that Bullock gave different answers when asked to account for his whereabouts during the time of the assault. Eventually, he told police that a man to whom he owed a $500 drug debt ordered him to assault the nun, Pudik said.
Bullock remains in the Beaver County jail on $50,000 bail.
Schafer also ordered him to stand trial on drug possession charges. Aliquippa police said he had a prescription pill bottle with marijuana residue when they went to question him about the nun's attack.
Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.