01 - 09 - 2014 Woman accuses Newport man of rape during a 2013 party
[LS] - Alcohol was a factor that resulted in an alleged sexual assault on an unconscious wman at a Susquehanna Twp. party in Juniata Co. Yesterday afternoon, 19-y/o Gabe Sheaffer of Newport was before Judge Barb Lyter facing charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault resulting from that June, 2013 incident. Lewistown State Police were contacted by the victim, claiming she was raped while she was sleeping after consuming alcohol & being helped into a bed by a friend. She awoke to allegedly find Sheaffer having sex on top of her but thought at the time it was a friend that had came to the party with her. Sheaffer was identified by police as the suspect after intercepting text messages that were sent to an acquaintance. He is currently free on $25,000 unsecured bail, with a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Jan. 29.