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Additional charges prolong hearing for Spring Township man

A Spring Township man accused of rape and other sex offenses had his preliminary hearing continued Wednesday after additional charges were filed against him.

State police filed additional charges Tuesday of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats against Frank Moravec Jr., 30, stemming from an incident in 2013.

An arraignment on the new counts before Magisterial District Judge Kelley Gillette Walker is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. The preliminary hearing is rescheduled for Jan. 14.

Moravec is held at Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 cash bail after being arrested by state police late last month. Moravec was pulled over in Milesburg on Dec. 29 after, police said+, they observed a burned-out brake light on his vehicle.

Troopers found that Moravec had an outstanding warrant from Georgia, according to the criminal complaint. The trooper reported he smelled marijuana in the vehicle, and a bag of pot was discovered underneath the driver’s seat, according to the complaint.

Police went to Moravec’s home and a search reportedly yielded more marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said. He was charged with drug and traffic violations by state police.

The woman living with Moravec told police that Moravec had held a knife to her throat and state police contacted Spring Township police, according to the complaint. The woman accused Moravec of threatening her with a knife to coerce her to perform sex acts on him since 2013, Spring Township police said.

State police charged Moravec with drug and traffic offenses. Spring Township police charged him with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, simple assault and making terroristic threats

Richard Settgast, Moravec’s public defender, said his client denies the rape allegations. He declined to comment on the drug charges.

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