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Loyalhanna Township man accused in 2016 sexual assault, police say

Paul Peirce
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A call to Pennsylvania’s child abuse hotline resulted in the arrest Thursday of a 28-year-old Westmoreland County man for allegedly raping a teenage boy nearly two years ago, state police said.

Michael S. Snyder of Loyalhanna Township is charged by state police at Kiski with rape, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 16 years old and endangering the welfare of children.

Snyder was arraigned before Washington Township District Judge Jason Buczak and ordered held in the county prison after failing to post $50,000 bond.

Trooper Amanda Bauer reported that the alleged victim claims he was 15 years old when the alleged sexual assault took place at Snyder’s residence between September and December of 2016.

Bauer said the alleged victim told her in an interview that Snyder sexually assaulted him after he gave him alcoholic beverages.

In a recent interview, Bauer said that Snyder told her that he “did not give alcohol to the victim and did not have sexual contact with the victim.”

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

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