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Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled State College Woman

by on April 01, 2014 3:12 PM

State College police have charged a Lock Haven man for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who is mentally disabled.

Police charged 53-year-old Gary Wayne Gephart last week with involuntary deviant sexual intercourse involving a person with a disability, aggravated indecent assault with a person who suffers a mental disability, and indecent assault with a person who suffers from a metal disability.

The charges stem from a Sept. 22, 2012 incident that allegedly occurred at the victim's apartment in State College. A caregiver for the woman reported the incident to State College police on Sept. 24, 2012.

According to court records, the victim knew Gephart and his wife because they delivered newspapers to her home. The day the alleged assault occurred, Gephart called the victim and arranged for him to visit to deliver a DVD player, move a table for her, and give her a massage, records state.

While at the victim's apartment, Gephart allegedly gave the victim a massage in her bedroom using lotion he brought to the apartment, police say. During the massage, police allege Gephart sexually assaulted the victim. Afterward, Gephart reportedly left the apartment leaving the lotion bottle behind.

Police say initially Gephart denied assaulting the woman and said the lotion in the apartment did not belong to him. He agreed to submit a DNA sample. In a subsequent police interview Gephart allegedly admitted to the offenses.

Michael Wolff, assistant director at the Psychological Clinic determined the victim "does not possess the necessary parameters to adequately consent to sexual contact," court records state.

Police say the investigation was ongoing until last week when authorities filed charges. Gephart was arraigned and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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