Former Shamokin man charged with raping girl, 14, who helped him move
SHAMOKIN - A 23-year-old former city man has been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl while she was helping him move in December.
Jacob Ryan Engle, of 149 E. Market St., Berrysburg, is accused of having sexual intercourse with the victim at his former residence on North Orange Street.
He is charged by Patrolman Raymond Siko II with felonies of rape, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault (two counts) and two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.
During a June 23 interview with police and Child Advocate Center officials in Northumberland, the victim said Engle picked her up at her Snyder County home around Christmas time and took her to his home in Shamokin. Police said Engle was in the process of moving from Shamokin to Trevorton at the time.
The 14-year-old girl told police she was sitting in a chair after moving boxes when Engle touched her in a sexual manner.
The victim said she pushed Engle away. Engle became upset and started throwing boxes around, according to the victim.
After they loaded boxes into a car, Engle, who was in the driver's seat, looked at the victim and said, "You tell anyone, I'll kill you."
The girl said they then drove to Trevorton.
The victim said she didn't tell anyone about the incident because she was scared and concerned for a family member who was Engle's girlfriend.
The victim also said she had received text messages from Engle that she called "not normal."
During an interview with police Wednesday, Engle admitted fondling the victim and having sexual intercourse with her at his former Shamokin home. He said the victim tried to stop him, but he forced himself on her.
Engle said he texted the victim several times after the incident and asked her to go on a date, but she declined.
The defendant also told police he forced the victim to perform oral sex while he was driving to his new home in Berrysburg and that he engaged in sexual intercourse with the girl in a portable toilet in the Herndon area.
Engle told police he went to counseling after the two incidents because his actions bothered him.
Engle was placed under arrest following the interview and transported to a holding cell at Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury. He was arraigned by video at 9:30 a.m. Thursday by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III and committed to jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Gembic Tuesday, July 29.
Siko said Northumberland County District Attorney Ann Targonski, Northumberland County Children and Youth Services and Child Advocate Center officials assisted with the investigation.