Shamokin police charge man with raping 13-year-old girl
SHAMOKIN - A man has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl last month at his parents' apartment.
Daniel Joseph Covatta, 21, who police said has no permanent address, is facing felonies of statutory rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors involving a Jan. 17 incident at 41 Raspberry Hill.
Patrolman Raymond Siko II said Covatta engaged in sexual intercourse with the Shamokin victim while his parents were upstairs. Siko said Covatta's parents had no knowledge of the rape and will not be charged.
The victim told police she has known Covatta since she was 9 or 10 years old.
According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, police learned of the alleged rape from the victim's mother Jan. 20. During an interview, the victim told police she was sitting on a couch with Covatta at about 3 p.m.
The victim said Covatta removed her clothing and engaged in sexual intercourse despite her telling him that she didn't want to have sex.
During an interview with Siko Jan. 23, Covatta admitted having sexual intercourse with the victim. Covatta claimed the victim told him she was 18. When asked by police if he thought the victim looked younger than 18, he replied, "Well, nowadays girls look younger than they are," according to the criminal complaint.
Covatta, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges Tuesday before Gembic, remains in Northumberland County Prison in lieu of $75,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear for plea court April 28 at Northumberland County Courthouse.