11 - 19 - 2013 Man accused of rape acquitted of all charges
[LS] - Relying on the credibility of witnesses, a Mifflin Co. jury cleared all rape & other related charges that was held against 44-y/o John T. Loner. The decision was reached after a half-hour of deliberations that came from hearing testimonies from several people on Loner's behalf, including the Loner himself. Loner was accused of raping a 14-y/o girl over a period of several years & faced 2 counts each of rape & aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault & indecent exposure. The alleged victim told the court she was assaulted more than 100 times at a Freedom Avenue residence in Burnham but Loner defended himself by convincing the jury the victim was mad at him and made up a story about the assaults.