Rape added to charges Maryland man faces after alleged State Patty’s Day sexual assault

Justin Blake
Justin Blake

The man charged with allegedly breaking into a State College apartment and sexually assaulting a woman March 2 now faces rape charges.

Justin Blake, 20, of Newburg, Md., waived his hearing on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, but he still appeared before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on Wednesday.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller added charges of rape and sexual assault after the victim’s account detailed not just being subjected to unwanted touching when the perpetrator broke into her home and climbed into bed with her; she also claimed oral sex was part of the attack.

Defense attorney Tami Fees did not object to the addition of the new charges. The preliminary hearing on those charges was waived as well.

Parks Miller also requested that bail be increased, calling the crimes in question “exceedingly serious and dangerous.”

“This was a vicious stranger attack,” she said. Blake allegedly broke into the victim’s apartment through a patio door. When she got away and sought help from her roommates, he told them “he killed people when he was upset,” according to court documents.

Parks Miller called the original bail amount of $30,000 “woefully inadequate.”

She also pointed to the police assertion that Blake’s reaction to the charges was casual, and he appeared unconcerned and showed a lack of appreciation for the seriousness of the case.

Fees argued that Blake, who was visiting friends in State College for the student-created State Patty’s Day drinking holiday, was alcohol impaired, contributing to both the attack and his blasé reaction to police.

“I don’t know of any alcohol that makes you rape people,” said Parks Miller.

Gillette-Walker agreed with the district attorney, increasing Blake’s bail to $300,000 straight cash and adding drug and alcohol prohibitions.