Crime

Judge calls rape ‘egregious,’ binds over charges against Bedford man

During a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, District Judge Carmine Prestia bound over all charges against a Bedford man accused of rape.

Kyle Swindell, who is represented by attorney Phil Masorti, is facing numerous felony charges, including multiple counts of rape by forcible compulsion, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

“This is a pretty egregious situation. I’m going to leave bail right where it is,” Prestia said.

Swindell, 22, remains incarcerated on $100,000 bail.

Swindell is also charged with misdemeanor counts including indecent assault.

State College police arrested Swindell May 5 after an 18-year-old woman reported the alleged rape to authorities.

The woman sobbed through testimony at the hearing as she recounted the events that led up to the alleged rape, which took place during a Waupelani Drive apartment party on April 8.

“I was telling him I was drunk and I didn’t want to continue,” the woman told the court.

The woman said Swindell locked the door of the bedroom, began to take her clothes off, choked her and eventually sexually assaulted her.

On cross-examination Masorti asked the woman whether she screamed during the alleged rape and sexual assault.

“I couldn’t get anything out,” she said.

According to court documents the woman was screened at Mount Nittany Medical Center. She suffered blood loss and other injuries, and said she was “in pain for days.”

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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