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Somerset man charged with rape of a child

September 15, 2018

A 42-year-old Somerset man accused of sexually abusing a child was charged Thursday with 350 felonies, according to a criminal complaint.

Phillip Dean Knopsnyder II, South Lynn Avenue, was arraigned before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset on six counts of rape of a child and a related offense, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 168 counts of both aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, and 56 counts of both endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

Somerset Borough police were contacted in March by Somerset County Children & Youth Services to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of a child from 2005 to 2010.

The female, now an adult, told police over several interviews in April that her first memory of anything sexual occurring with Knopsnyder was from when she was 3 years old. The abuse continued until the girl was 8 or 9 years old, police said.

A friend of the female told police that she told her about the incidents in 2008.

Knopsnyder is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Court records do not indicate if he has a defense attorney.

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