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Suspected serial rapist charged

September 21, 2017 News Extra

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Jonathan D. Vance

WINFIELD TWP — A suspected serial rapist who was arrested in Beaver County last month has been charged with raping a 17-year-old Butler County girl in 2014, after plying her with alcohol and marijuana.

Jonathan D. Vance, 31, of White Township, Beaver County, was arrested Aug. 8 by Pennsylvania State Police and charged in connection with one rape. But since then, investigators have located additional victims and filed more charges. As of this week, Vance had been charged with at least six rapes, most of them in Beaver County, and is a suspect in at least nine more, according to state police. He is being held in Beaver County Jail on a combined bond of $925,000.

The latest charge came on Tuesday, when state police in Beaver County filed counts of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and sexual assault against Vance, as part of a criminal complaint alleging he raped a 17-year-old girl at Bernie's Mobile Home Park in Winfield Township, Butler County, in December 2014.

In court documents, state police say that the victim contacted investigators on Aug. 14 and reported that Vance had sexually assaulted her on Dec. 1, 2014.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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