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Shellsburg Sexual Assault

State police in Bedford County have charged a Lewistown man after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during an afterparty at a local firefighter’s convention last summer, according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers say Samuel Markley, 48, faces charges of indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault without consent, harassment and unlawful restraint, according to online court documents.

Investigators say on August 26 of last year, troopers were dispatched to UPMC Altoona for a report of a sexual assault.

Police say the victim told troopers that she had met up with some friends the night before at the firefighter’s convention in Schellsburg and was drinking with them at their campsite where they were staying.

Investigators say the victim then stated that after drinking for several hours, she fell asleep in a chair only to be awakened by Markley telling her to “go to bed.”

Authorities say Markley then assisted the victim out of the chair and took her to the tailgate of his truck, where he began groping her, the complaint states.

Troopers say the victim then passed out and awoke again inside the back seat of Markley’s truck.

The victim told investigators that Markley was sitting on her legs and had told her that he wanted to have sex with her, according to the affidavit.

Police say the victim told Markley that having sex was “not a good idea” and that he then attempted to kiss her.

Troopers say Markley then began assaulting and molesting the victim before she was finally able to get away.

Police say the victim left the campsite and drove directly to the hospital for a sexual assault kit to be performed.

The affidavit notes that the victim did suffer some “abnormal bleeding” as a result of the assault.

Investigators say a few days after the assault occurred, troopers interviewed Markley where he admitted to drinking with the victim on the night of the incident but had “no recollection of being sexually active” with her. However, he did state that it was “possible,” according to police.

Markley was arraigned Monday morning on the above charges and was released on $30,000 unsecured bail, court dockets show.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2.

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