Local men face charges in incidents with minors

A rape charge was dismissed Wednesday against an 18-year-old man police accused of coercing an underage girl into having sex.

But other charges, including felony counts of corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minors, were bound over for possible trial at a preliminary hearing for Kody Garman, of Port Trevorton.

Ferguson Township police charged Garman with showing up at the girl’s home and threatening to kill himself on her front porch if she did not have sex with him.

A district judge, however, found there was insufficient evidence to proceed with felony charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and sexual assault. Those charges and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault were dismissed.

Police said Garman and the girl met on the Internet, became friends and started exchanging messages.

She told police in early September that Garman wanted her to run away with him. When she rejected his advances and told him to stop calling, Garman threatened to harm her boyfriend and then kill himself on her porch, police alleged.

Police said the girl sent Garman nude photos because he threatened to harm himself if she did not.

Misdemeanor counts of harassment and stalking were also bound over for possible trial.

Garman’s bail was reduced from $125,000 to $50,000.

Also, Wednesday, a State College man waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.

Police accused William Long, then 25, of having sex with the girl, then 15, at residences in Bellefonte and Patton Township between March 3 and 9.

Long allegedly met the girl through his brother. She initially told him she was 18 but disclosed her true age before they were intimate, police said.

Long faces felony counts of statutory sexual assault in the separate cases.