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Accused Child Rapist Waives Hearing

Timothy Patrick Dunigan IV, 19, of Lansdale, is charged with 28 felony and five misdemeanor offenses, allegedly committed between 2006 and October 2012.

A Lansdale teenager charged with 33 criminal offenses — including 28 felonies — involving the alleged statutory rape and indecent assault of a teenage girl that began when she was eight or nine years old, and he was 12 years old, in June 2006, waived his hearing last week in Blue Bell District Court.

Dunigan IV now heads to trial at Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

The waiving of a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert Sobeck meant the alleged victim did not need to testify, according to Bradley Schlegel of The Reporter. Dunigan IV was represented at the preliminary hearing by attorney Robert Adshead.

At the hearing Thursday, the prosecution will not seek, at present, a mandatory 5 to 10 years in state prison, according to the article.

Timothy Patrick Dunigan IV, 19, of the 700 block of Columbia Avenue, is charged with the following offenses, allegedly committed between 2006 and October 2012:

  • Four felony counts of rape of a child
  • Four felony counts of rape - threat of forcible compulsion
  • Four felony counts of statutory sexual assault
  • Four felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child
  • Four felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse - threat of forcible compulsion
  • Four felony counts of sexual assault
  • Four felony counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault of a child
  • Four misdemeanor counts of indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old
  • One misdemeanor count of terroristic threats

Dunigan IV was arraigned Nov. 23 before District Judge Harold Borek. Bail was set at 10 percent of $50,000 and $5,000 cash was posted by a relative on Nov. 23, according to court records.

According to Matt Coughlin of The Intelligencer, the victim was allegedly molested when she was eight or nine. She filed a report with police this month.

According to court documents, the alleged victim is now 15 years old. She told police she was forced to perform oral sex on Dunigan, according to documents.

According to the affidavit, Dunigan allegedly threatened to break both of the girl's arms so she couldn't fight back. Dunigan allegedly told her the assaults would get worse if she stopped the alleged trysts.

According to the article, Dunigan was interviewed by police and admitted playing doctor with the girl. The assaults began when Dunigan IV was a juvenile, according to the article.

At the time of his arrest, Dunigan IV retained child advocate attorney Ethan O'Shea of the law firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Upper Gwynedd.

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DRD February 26, 2013 at 03:38 AM
This sick scumbag lives on my street. He needs his balls cut off!
Concerned North Penn tax payer February 27, 2013 at 02:28 AM
North Penn's finest. An All American Athlete that graduated last year. This makes me sick.What does North Penn Administration say about this?
Bob March 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Hey DRD, I wonder who the victim was??? Maybe your neighbor, you better tell his Uncle you better Police protection on your block!!! Just think you have a Predator on your block, ask the Council President what he thinks. You are all neighbors!!!
Don April 09, 2013 at 09:14 PM
why no picture of the person ?
Michel May 14, 2013 at 07:15 PM
C'mon people, this guy is going to the county prison, get "Immediate Work Release" and be out on the streets in under 2.5 years! This is Montgomery County, Pennsylvania folks! The District Attorney's office DOES NOT aggressively prosecute child predators!?! Are you serious?!?!? I'm surprised that Montgomery County doesn't just have some random amnesty program developed for these Phucktards... If this guy had a pin joint or smoked some crack, he would be a resident in any one of our fine State Corrections Institutions at so-and-so, but no way he's doing hard time...It's only a child, not drugs or D.U.I....no way, no money in that crime...Tragic, but true!

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