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Brady Twp man charged in child’s rape

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Brady Township man accused of choking and raping a child.

State police Thursday filed charges against William H. Hess Jr., 34, including five felonies and one misdemeanor, with the most serious charges being those of rape and strangulation.

This is not Hess’ first time being accused of abusing a child. In 2011, he was charged with homicide after his then-girlfriend’s 11-month-old child died.

Due to the filing of felony charges in the most recent case, a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

According to charging documents, Hess was alone with a juvenile girl Nov. 26 when the alleged rape occurred.

Police said Hess approached the girl and told her he was sexually attracted to her and then began groping her.

Police said Hess then forced himself upon the girl and raped her.

“She made several attempts to get him off of her with negative results,” police said. "During those attempts to get Hess off her, he held her down by placing his hands around her neck and mouth.“

The girl told police that while being choked, she struggled to breathe, and Hess made further remarks after he stopped.

“He asked (her) if she was on birth control and told her that she couldn’t tell anyone what happened,” police said.

State police did not mention collection of DNA evidence in the criminal complaint; however, more information may come to light at a preliminary hearing, which will be scheduled after Hess’ arrest.

In the 2011 case, The New Castle News reported the baby’s autopsy report showed a broken right wrist and a broken left ankle, as well as severe bruising over most of her body. According to the report, the death had been ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.

According to court records, Hess pleaded guilty in 2012 to felony involuntary manslaughter in that case, and in 2014 he received a sentence of between one and eight years in prison with some time credited for time served.