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September 12, 2011

2 charged in separate sex cases involving minors


Two men are facing charges in separate incidents involving minors.

John W. Hinton, 62, of Somerset, was arrested Friday by Somerset Borough police on 200 counts, including rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault, indecent assault of a person younger than 13, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, possession of child pornography and designing obscene or sexual materials.

The incidents occurred between May 2010 and July 2011 in the borough, Somerset police Chief Randy Cox said.

There were eight alleged victims, all younger than 16. The youngest was 4.

Additional charges may be filed in other areas, he added.

“I know the investigation is ongoing in Westmoreland and York counties,” Cox said.

Hinton was arraigned Friday by District Judge Arthur K. Cook in Somerset. He was placed in Somerset County jail after failing to post $300,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 3 p.m. today in Cook’s court.

Sexting allegations

In Cambria County, a Summerhill man was charged Friday with sending obscene and other sexual material to a Portage area teen.

State police said Kevin Kuhn, 28, sent sexual texts and two naked photographs to a teenage girl through his cellphone,  even while aware of her age.

He has been charged with disseminating obscene sexual material, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct.

Kuhn was arraigned Monday and released on $15,000 unsecured bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 21 before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

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