Crime

Judge sets bail at $500,000 for man accused of rape

A Lancaster man was arraigned Friday on charges of rape and sexual assault after an incident last weekend.

Seung Hwan Shin, 22, is being held at the Centre County jail on $500,000 bail for the two felony counts, plus six misdemeanors including indecent assault of an unconscious person; indecent assault without consent of other; and four counts of invasion of privacy for photographing and viewing images without consent.

State College police say the woman was “visibly distraught” when they arrived at a Plaza Drive apartment Sunday, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the woman woke to find Shin having sex with her. She also said that “Shin was holding his cell phone, but tried to hide the phone behind his back,” recording the sexual encounter.

After Shin was questioned on whether he had consent to have sex with the woman, he allegedly told police that “I don’t want to say she consented, but she didn’t say no.”

According to the affidavit, Shin admitted to taking photos of the woman while engaging in sexual intercourse and that he did not have the woman’s consent to photograph or video record her before doing so.

Police obtained written consent from Shin to look through his cell phone. Inside they found two photographs of the woman, that were half nude. They also found two videos of Shin engaging in sex with the woman.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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