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Man Charged with Rape of Mentally Disabled Woman Back in Jail After Bail Hearing

by on February 01, 2017 5:04 PM

A man accused of the rape of a mentally disabled woman in College Township is back in jail following an emergency bail modification hearing on Wednesday.

Scott McCliment, 25, of Hawk Run, Clearfield County, was charged on Jan. 9, with the alleged 2013 raped of the woman in her College Township home. According to the criminal complaint filed by State College Police, after meeting her online, McCliment went to the woman's home and allegedly assaulted her.

Bail was set at $200,000, and at a Jan. 18 preliminary hearing, District Judge Allen Sinclair modified bail to allow McCliment to post 10 percent of that. Prosecutors filed an emergency motion to modify bail and on Wednesday, Judge Pamela Ruest set $500,000 straight bail.

In the filing requesting the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Crystal Hundt said McCliment may pose a danger to the community. She also cited the evidence against him, including that McCliment allegedly admitted to police that he went to the woman's home to have sex with her, DNA evidence and a psychologist's report that the woman's "cognitive limitations are significant" and she could not have adequately consented to sexual contact.

"The likelihood of conviction is extremely high given the evidence against the defendant," Hundt wrote.

McCliment allegedly told police that he thought the woman could not speak English well and that she made a statement with the word "sex," which he took to mean she consented.

On Wednesday, prosecutors said they also had learned of a conversation between McCliment and another personal while he was in prison "regarding harm to the woman's family," according to the Centre County District Attorney's Office.

Formal arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 15. He is charged with two counts of rape by forcible compulsion, two counts of rape of a mentally disabled person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person with mental disability, three counts of sexual assault, six counts of aggravated indecent assault and six counts of indecent assault.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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