Area Man Accused of Raping Five-Year-Old Girl Waives Hearing

REYNOLDSVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An area man waived his hearing Thursday on felony charges for the alleged rape of a five-year-old girl in Reynoldsville.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 38-year-old William Dean Rockwell, of DuBois, were waived for court on Thursday, January 23:

– Rape of Child, Felony 1 (four counts)
– Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse With Child, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1 (two counts)
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Sexual Assault, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Indecent Assault Person Less than 13 Years of Age, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Rockwell remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $200,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from the alleged sexual assault of a young child that occurred in Reynoldsville Borough, Jefferson County.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint filed on December 23 in Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana’s office, Sergeant Murray, of the Reynoldsville Borough Police Department, received a Childline report on November 22 indicating a five-year-old child had been sexually assaulted by William Dean Rockwell.

According to the complaint, Rockwell had been babysitting the victim at a residence in Reynoldsville Borough on October 14. The following day, the victim told a known family member about a “secret game” she played with Rockwell. When asked how to play the game, the victim did not want to tell “because it was a secret.”

The victim was interviewed at the Clearfield County Child Advocate Center on November 21.

She disclosed the details of the “secret game called the rainbow power save the princess and bad guy game” to the interviewer; she said she “changed into her rainbow dress because it was a rainbow game.” The “secret game” included sexual contact and rape, the complaint indicates.

The victim told the interviewer that she started to cry during the “game,” and she was bleeding, and she “puked because she did not feel good.” She also told the interviewer “it was the most terriblest thing ever,” the complaint states.

The victim was given an examination by a medical examiner following the interview. However, the exam could not be completed due to the victim’s fear of being hurt. The medical examiner gave the opinion – taking into account the disclosure of sexual abuse and the victim’s extreme fear of pain when the exam was attempted – that the victim had undergone a traumatic event such as a sexual assault, according to the complaint.

Rockwell was interviewed twice: on December 5 and on December 16.

Rockwell admitted to babysitting the victim on October 14 and admitted to playing “the princess game” with the victim and acknowledged that the victim changed into her rainbow dress for the game. While Rockwell was able to remember details of how to play other games that he and the victim had played previously, he was unable to recall the details of how the princess game was played, according to the complaint.

He denied touching the victim inappropriately; however, he admitted to masturbating in the bathroom and using methamphetamine that day while the victim was in his care, the complaint states.

When he was questioned about a specific term the victim used to refer to his genitals, he allegedly responded by saying “we didn’t call it that.”

According to the complaint, Rockwell made other comments throughout the interviews that were “alarming.”

He stated the victim “made him feel like nobody has ever made him feel before,” and said “the worst part of this is he will never see her again.” He also said he “cherished the time they had together because it gave him purpose,” the complaint indicates.

When Rockwell was told the victim was able to describe his genitals, he stated the victim walked in on him in the bathroom.

Parts of Rockwell’s story also changed from the first interview to the second interview. During the first interview, when asked if the victim seemed sick, he stated the victim seemed fine, but during the second interview, he said the victim may have thrown up, the complaint indicates.

Rockwell initially agreed to a polygraph, but later refused when he was called to schedule the test.

He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge David B. Inzana at 8:05 p.m. on Monday, December 23.

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic details were not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.

EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details were removed from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.


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