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Scranton Man Charged With Raping Girl, 6

September 5, 2018

DURYEA — A Scranton man has been arrested on allegations that he raped a young girl who trusted him, according to police.

Shawn Booths, 40, of 130 S. Hyde Park Ave., is accused of having sexual contact with the girl at least four times starting when she was 6 years old.

According to the charges, the girl’s mother brought her to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for evaluation Aug. 14 after discovering the girl, then 7, had been sexually assaulted.

The mother told police that she confronted Booths about the allegations and that he refused to answer her.

During a forensic interview, the girl told police that she had been very close with Booths, who was a relative’s friend, but that he would look at her “weird” and touch her “the wrong way,” the complaint says.

The girl described Booths touching her private parts when she got out of the shower, and having sexual intercourse with her despite her telling him to stop because it hurt, according to the complaint.

The girl told investigators she was scared to say anything because Booths threatened to sneak into her house and take her away, according to the complaint. Booths also promised to buy her presents when she got older, police said.

Police say an exam of the girl indicated she had been sexually active. 

Investigators got a warrant Aug. 23 charging Booths with rape of a child, indecent assault of a person under 13, statutory sexual assault, indecent exposure and making terroristic threats.

Police say Booths was captured Wednesday in Upper Providence Twp. following an incident there.

Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz arraigned Booths on Wednesday afternoon and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $200,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 18.

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