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New York man charged with rape of Equinunk teen


February 14, 2012

On Monday, February 13, 2012 the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Frank R. Neglia of New Hyde Park, New York. NEGLIA was arraigned before Magisterial District Justice Ronald Edwards for charges including Rape and Furnishing Alcohol to Minors and bail was set at $300,000.00. The charges filed against NEGLIA stem from an incident on July 23, 2011 into July 24, 2011 at the Reflection Lakes Development in Equinunk, Wayne County.

According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Pennsylvania State Trooper John ecker the incident involved a sweet sixteen birthday party being held at the NEGLIA residence in Reflection Lakes on July 23, 2011. The victim, a 15 year old female, attended the party and was provided alcohol by NEGLIA, a 46 year old man.

NEGLIA gave various alcoholic beverages to other minors that evening as well. The victim advised that she was extremely intoxicated and that NEGLIA sexually assaulted her during the night. Eventually the victim was able to leave the residence with her friend’s mother. The victim was subsequently examined by medical personnel and DNA evidence was recovered.

Police were called and immediately responded to the scene of the crime. NEGLIA had fled the state leaving his 16 yr old daughter at the residence without any transportation from the scene. On July 26, 2011 the Pennsylvania State Police were informed that NEGLIA had been arrested in Nassau County, New York by the U.S. Marshal’s office and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department.

NEGLIA was on probation from that County. Nassau County did not release NEGLIA to the Pennsylvania State Police until February 9, 2012 due to his probation violation in that jurisdiction. NEGLIA was transported to Wayne County on February 13, 2012 based on the warrant for his arrest in this case.

NEGLIA has been charged with Rape, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Statutory Sexual Assault and four (4) counts of Furnishing Alcohol to Minors. District Attorney Janine Edwards stated that this is a matter she and the State Police will pursue with every tool at their disposal.

The filing of criminal charges in not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Commonwealth against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the Commonwealth has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant enters a guilty plea to the charges.