State police in Somerset County have charged a Stoystown man after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl, on multiple occasions.
Troopers say Wayne Warnick, 33, faces numerous sex-related charges including rape, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault, according to online court documents.
Investigators say on Feb. 10, troopers received a report of a sexual assault from a teenage girl who claimed that she had been raped by Warnick.
According to the affidavit, when troopers spoke with the victim’s father, he told police that Warnick had messaged him, admitting to the assault and stated that he had reportedly apologized for touching the victim.
Troopers say they then received reports that Warnick had threatened to harm himself, at which time state police took him into custody.
Police say when they interviewed Warnick about the accusations, he claimed that the victim had initiated numerous instances of sexual contact with him and admitted to “having sex” with the victim “a handful of times.”
The affidavit states that Warnick claimed that the victim’s “early maturation” and “curiosity about boys” led to repeated flirtatious behavior and multiple sexual encounters.
Authorities say when they interviewed the victim about the alleged assault, she reportedly told police that, on one occasion, Warnick had forced himself upon her after getting out of the shower.
Investigators say the victim also told police that Warnick had repeatedly forced her to perform oral sex and had raped her several times prior.
According to online court documents, Warnick was initially released on unsecured bail but after failing to show up to his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Court dockets show that Warnick was apprehended sometime late Wednesday and has since been arraigned to the Somerset County Prison, on $100,000 bail.
His next court date is scheduled for May 23.