Man charged with rape waives hearing

A Factoryville man accused of raping a child in Susquehanna County waived his preliminary hearing in District Court on Monday.

Randy Steven Lawrence, 23, faces first degree felony rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child charges following an alleged incident July 5 in Bridgewater Township.
The charges will now move forward to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas.
Charges were filed by State Police Trooper Greg Deck.
Lawrence was arraigned July 5 in front of District Judge Jeffrey Hollister and remanded to the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.
According to the police affidavit, Lawrence was discovered locked in a bedroom with the 11-year-old victim at about 1:30 a.m.
The victim said Lawrence had “bumped his thing into me” and told Susquehanna County Children and Youth caseworkers that Lawrence stopped when there was a knock at the bedroom door.
At the scene, Lawrence told Deck that his mother had instructed him not to talk with the police and requested a lawyer.
The victim was also questioned by Deck in the presence of the caseworkers.

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