26 YEAR OLD DWIGHT JESSE IMLER OF BEDFORD HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH RAPE, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, BURGLARY, KIDNAPPING, CRIMINAL TRESPASSING, INDECENT ASSAULT, INDECENT SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, A TOTAL OF 13 COUNTS. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED IN BLAIR COUNTY ON OCTOBER 9, 2019. ACCORDING TO A CRIMINAL COMPLAINT OBTAINED BY BCFP, IMLER BROKE INTO A RESIDENCE ON CHAMPION COURT AND RAPED A FEMALE AT GUNPOINT. ACCORDING TO THE VICTIM, IMLER BOUND HER WITH ROPE AND FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON HER AT GUNPOINT. HE THEN RAPED HER AFTER SHE PERFORMED ORAL SEX. AT THE CRIME SCENE, POLICE OBTAINED FINGER PRINTS OFF THE DOOR HANDLE, POLICE ALSO FOUND THE YELLOW ROPE USED IN THE ASSAULT. POLICE WENT TO UPMC TO DO A MORE IN DEPTH INTERVIEW WITH THE VICTIM. SHE DESCRIBED HOW IMLER ENTERED HER HOME WHILE SHE WAS HOME WITH HER CHILDREN. IMLER WAS WEARING A MASK TO COVER HIS FACE. ALTERED HIS VOICE MAKING IT DEEPER. AT GUNPOINT IMLER TOOK THE VICTIM OUTSIDE, TIED HER WRIST TOGETHER, HE THEN TOOK HER TO A TRAILER THAT RUNS PARALLEL TO HER TRAILER, THIS TRAILER WAS ABANDONED. IMLER TOOK THE VICTIM TO A BEDROOM AND FORCED HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX, THE VICTIM THREW UP WHILE DOING SO. IMLER THAN LAID HER DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND RAPED HER. IMLER TOOK HER PHONE TO AVOID HER CALLING ANYONE WHEN HE LEFT IN A GRAY COLORED DUMP TRUCK. THE VICTIM STATED SHE KNEW IT WAS IMLER BECAUSE SHE KNEW HIM, AND KNEW HIS DUMP TRUCK. POLICE SEARCHED FOR IMLER, AND FOUND OUT IMLER HAD BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN BEDFORD COUNTY FOR POSSESSING A FIREARM WITH ALTERED SERIAL NUMBERS AND OTHER RELATED CHARGES. BEDFORD STATE POLICE INFORMED FREEDOM TWP POLICE THAT IMLER HAD CONFESSED TO MULTIPLE BURGLARIES INCLUDING ONE THAT OCCURRED IN FREEDOM TWP. FREEDOM TWP POLICE THEN WAS ABLE TO INTERVIEW IMLER CONCERNING THE RAPE. HE DENIED IT. IMLER STATED HE AND THE VICTIM’S FIANCE WERE PLANNING A ROBBERY IN FREEDOM TWP, IMLER STATED SHE ACCUSED HIM OF RAPE SO HE WOULD NOT GIVE INFORMATION ON THE PLANNED ROBBERY HE WAS TO COMMIT WITH HER FIANCE. DURING THE INTERVIEW FREEDOM TWP POLICE NOTICED THE CLOTHES HE WAS WEARING WERE THE SAME CLOTHES THE VICTIM CLAIMED HE WAS WEARING DURING THE RAPE. POLICE OBSERVED SCRATCH MARKS ON HIS NECK, IMLER STATED HE GOT THEM FROM THE BRIAR BRUSH WHERE HE CLAIMED HE WAS CAMPING DURING THE TIME THE RAPE WAS TO HAVE OCCURED. POLICE TOOK PICTURES OF THE MARKS ON HIS NECK. POLICE WAS ABLE TO OBTAIN A DNA SAMPLE FROM A SWAB THAT IMLER CONSENTED TO, WHEN BEDFORD POLICE ARRESTED IMLER, HE WAS OPERATING THE GRAY DUMP TRUCK THE RAPE VICTIM STATED HE WAS DRIVING WHEN HE LEFT THE RAPE SCENE. POLICE LOCATED A CAMP SITE THAT IMLER STATED HE WAS AT, AT THE CAMPSITE, POLICE FOUND A BACKPACK CONTAINING YELLOW ROPE, DUCT TAPE. THE ROPE APPEARED TO BE THE SAME TYPE OF ROPE FOUND AT THE RAPE SCENE. IN NOVEMBER 2019 POLICE CONDUCTED ANOTHER INTERVIEW WITH IMLER AT THE BEDFORD COUNTY JAIL, DURING THAT INTERVIEW, IMLER STATED HE WAS AT THE RESIDENCE OF THE RAPE VICTIM THAT NIGHT, AND THEY HAD CONSENSUAL SEX THAT NIGHT. POLICE NOTED IN THEIR REPORT, WHEN THEY SPOKE WITH IMLER ON THE NIGHT OF THE RAPE, HE DENIED EVER BEING THERE, AND SAID NOTHING ABOUT HE AND THE VICTIM HAVING SEX. DNA TESTS CAME BACK THE THE SAMPLES COLLECTED WERE THOSE OF IMLER AND THE VICTIM.

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