DANVILLE -- A 52-year-old Mahoning Township man, who allegedly gave a 15-year-old girl a gold and diamond ring, a bathing suit and $70 as ways of showing his love, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing later this month.

The hearing for George B. Mills, of 114 Maple St., was scheduled Thursday but postponed, according to a spokeswoman in the office of Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

His hearing has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 31 before Shrawder.

According to the charges, Mills asked the girl to have sex with him in June 2008. She told police she relented and had sex with him on Sept. 1, 2008. She told police they had sexual relations at Mills' home eight times through January 2009.

Mills was arraigned Thursday on 36 charges, including 20 felonies and committed to the county jail in default of $250,000 straight bail.

Police said Mills gave the girl a ring a jeweler confirmed was 14 karat gold inlaid with diamonds.

According to the charges, Mills would ask the girl weekly to have sex but she told police she refused until Sept. 1, 2008, because "that's how I was raised."

The girl's mother turned over to police a hand-written letter from Mills professing his love for the girl. The note had originally included $70 for her to spend at the Bloomsburg Fair, according to investigating officer Cpl. Clay Fahringer. While Mills would often leave notes for the girl on his table, she told police she threw most of them away except the one her mother turned over to police.

The victim told police she and Mills exchanged e-mail regularly with Mills being explicit at times about their sexual relationship.

Police charged Mills with aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, sexual offenses involving contact with a minor, indecent assault with someone younger than 16, contact with a minor, criminal use of a communication facility, deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 16 and corruption of minors.

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