Cops: Fayette County teenager charged as adult in alleged rape of 16-year-old at Connellsville library |

Cops: Fayette County teenager charged as adult in alleged rape of 16-year-old at Connellsville library

Paul Peirce
Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville.

A 17-year-old male from Fayette County has been charged as an adult in the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl in the basement of the public library in Connellsville last week, city police reported.

Daquan T. Dudley of Connellsville was arraigned Monday on multiple criminal charges including rape, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and indecent assault in connection with the alleged incident that occurred Nov. 8 in the basement of the Carnegie Free Library at 299 S. Pittsburgh St.

Dudley was arraigned before Brownsville District Judge Mike DeFino and ordered held in the county jail after failing to post $25,000 bail, pending a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled Thursday before Connellsville District Judge Ronald Haggerty.

Patrolman Brian Harvey said authorities learned of the sexual assault Friday after the victim informed her parents. Police interviewed her at Highlands Hospital.

Police said in court documents Dudley and the victim were at the library for an event when he asked her to accompany him to the basement so he could speak to her in private. The teen told police that’s when the assault took place.

The teen told police following the assault Dudley kept text messaging her threatening “to harm himself.”

Authorities obtained a text message sent to the victim from Dudley stating, “I’m so sorry, I shouldn’t have done that to you at all.”

Library Director Eileen Beveridge could not be reached for comment.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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