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November 30, 2012

Man accused of rape

JOHNSTOWN — An East Taylor Township man was arraigned Thursday on charges that he raped a woman, authorities said.

Township police charged Joseph George Pelles, 48, of the 600 block of Penn Avenue, with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

 In a criminal complaint, police said Pelles assaulted the woman at her residence on Monday.

Before leaving the residence, Pelles reportedly said: “Nobody has to know about this.”

The woman was treated at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. The Tribune-Democrat does not release the names of sexual assault victims.

Pelles was arraigned by District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi of Vinco and released on $75,000 unsecured bond.

Pelles reportedly told police the sex was consensual.

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