Crime

Traffic stop yields drug, rape charges against Spring Township resident

A traffic stop Monday night led to drug and rape charges being filed by two law enforcement agencies against a Spring Township resident.

Frank J. Moravec Jr., 30, was pulled over by state police shortly after 7 p.m. near the Uni-Mart in Milesburg after a trooper observed a burned-out brake light on Moravec’s car. The trooper ran Moravec’s name and found a warrant was out for him in Georgia, according to the criminal complaint.

The trooper noticed the smell of marijuana in the vehicle, and Moravec did not agree to a search but told the trooper there was a bag of marijuana under the seat, police said. The bag was discovered after a sweep by a drug dog, according to the complaint.

Other troopers traveled to Moravec’s home, and the woman living with Moravec consented to a search, police said. A digital scale, sandwich bags, bong, other drug paraphernalia, about 14 grams of marijuana and 280 grams of suspected marijuana brownies were discovered in the home, according to state police. He is charged by state police with intent to deal drugs, possession of drugs and paraphernalia and traffic violations.

The woman told police that Moravec had “held a knife to her throat,” and Spring Township officers were sent to the home at about 8:30 p.m., Spring Township police said.

Police said the woman told them that Moravec had threatened to kill her or would show her the knife to get her to unwillingly perform sex acts on him, according to the criminal complaint. The actions reportedly started when she was pregnant last year and happened at least once a week since May, she told police.

He is charged by Spring Township police with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats.

Moravec was arraigned via videoconference from Centre County Correctional Facility before District Judge Thomas Jordan on Tuesday. Bail is set at a combined $225,000 for the two incidents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7.

State police did not return calls for comment about the nature of the warrant issued in Georgia.

Spring Township Police Chief Michael Danneker said the woman told police she had not previously approached them because she was afraid. His department and other agencies in Centre County take reports of domestic abuse and sexual assault seriously, he said, and anyone experiencing either should step forward so the issues can be dealt with through an arrest, counseling or other means.

“Bring it to light, so it can be addressed,” he said.

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