Crime

Man charged with rape of 18-year-old woman in State College

A Bedford man was arraigned Thursday on felony charges of rape and sexual assault stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in early April.

According to the affidavit, an 18-year-old woman attended a birthday party at the Nittany Garden Apartments on Waupelani Drive on April 8. It was there she met the defendant, Kyle Swindell, 22.

The woman reported that Swindell had brought whiskey to the party, the affidavit said, and that she and Swindell were doing shots. After “numerous” shots, the victim said she felt intoxicated.

On April 9, the affidavit said, the woman reported that “she and the defendant began to joke around” and ran into one of the bedrooms as a part of the joke. Swindell then locked the door as his brother attempted to get in. Swindell then allegedly began to try to disrobe her, choked her and held her down on the bed as the assault occurred.

Swindell stopped when his brother entered the room, the affidavit said.

A rape exam performed on April 10 at Mount Nittany Medical Center was consistent with the woman’s account of the assault, the affidavit said.

Swindell was arraigned before District Judge Steven Lachman, according to court documents, and charged with six first-class felonies, including rape and involuntary sexual intercourse; five second-class felonies, including sexual assault and aggravated assault; and several misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $100,000, according to court documents. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Swindell, unable to post bail, remains confined at the Centre County Correctional Facility.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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