Somerset County man will face rape charges at trial

October 13, 2018


A 42-year-old Somerset man accused of sexually abusing a child waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Ken Johnson of Somerset.

Phillip Dean Knopsnyder II, South Lynn Avenue, was charged with 462 counts: 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.

Johnson modified Knopsnyder’s bail from $300,000 to $100,000. He is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of bail awaiting county court hearings.

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