Rape Charges Filed Againt Lycoming County Teen

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WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — A man from Lycoming County faces charges today after police say he raped a child over a period of four months.

Police say Joseph Rankinen, 18, from Jersey Shore sexually assaulted the 4-year-old boy in Woodward Township, north of Lock Haven, Clinton County, between December, 2012 and April of 2013.

Rankinen’s bail was set at $75,000.