The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 19, 2013

Hearing for Snyder County rape suspect postponed today

SELINSGROVE — A 61-year-old Shamokin Dam man accused of raping a severely mentally handicapped women with Down’s Syndrome will remain in Snyder County jail after his preliminary hearing was continued today.

John M. Shaffer, of 158 Baldwin Blvd., requested a continuance of the hearing before District Judge John H. Reed on charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.

The victim’s mother alleges she walked in on Shaffer assaulting her mentally disabled daughter inside a Monroe Township home on September 8.

Shaffer remains in custody at the county jail in lieu of $50,000 cash.

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