April 10, 2008
Attorney General's Office / PA State Police announce criminal charges against a Berks County man accused of false rape report in Cumberland County
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania State Police today filed criminal charges against a Berks County man accused of making false reports to police concerning an alleged rape in Cumberland County.
Attorney General Tom Corbett identified the defendant as William Marshall McCurdy, 20, 1198 Alleghenyville Road, Mohnton.
Corbett said that Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at a home in Monroe Township, Cumberland County, early on the morning of March 31st, based on a report from McCurdy that he had allegedly been raped several hours earlier by the homeowner, Bruce Barclay.
According to the criminal complaint, evidence seized during the search of Barclay's home, including video surveillance footage, appears to contradict the official statements provided to law enforcement by McCurdy about the alleged rape. The videos allegedly show consensual sexual activity between the two individuals, with no signs of distress or force, as claimed by McCurdy.
Corbett said the case was referred to the Attorney General's Office by Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed because of a potential conflict of interest.
McCurdy is charged with one count of making false reports to law enforcement authorities, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine, along with one count of unsworn falsifications to authorities, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
McCurdy was preliminarily arraigned today before Magisterial District Judge Margaret Brea, substituting for Mechanicsburg Magisterial District Judge Mark W. Martin.
McCurdy was lodged in the Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14, 2008, before Magisterial District Judge Brea - to be held at Magisterial District Judge Martin's office in Mechanicsburg.
The case will be prosecuted in Cumberland County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Harter Eshbach of the Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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