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Man Charged with Indecent Assault Set for Hearing

by on October 22, 2013 4:35 PM

The Penn State Harrisburg student charged with indecently assaulting two women earlier this month is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

Claudius Taylor, 19, of Odenton, Md., is charged with two felony counts of robbery along with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

Police say that Taylor approached a woman at about 2:45 a.m. Oct. 13 near Foster Avenue. Taylor reportedly asked the woman for directions, but then began to grope her, eventually dragging her to a yard out of view.

The woman screamed for help and eventually hit Taylor in the head with a bucket. Taylor ran away, allegedly taking the woman's cell phone.

At about 3 a.m., police say Taylor approached another woman in Fairmount Park, punching her in the head until she was knocked to the ground. Taylor then pinned her to the ground, police say.

Officers who were responding to another incident heard her screams and chased Taylor for six blocks until he was caught in Osage Alley.

A 22-year-old man helped in the capture of Taylor. The man has not been identified.

Tami Fees is listed as Taylor's attorney and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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