Man Accused Of Sex Assault On Woman With Down Syndrome

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MONROE TOWNSHIP — Rape and assault charges have been filed against a man from Snyder County accused of sexually assaulting a woman with mental disabilities.

State police accuse John Shaffer, 61, of Shamokin Dam of engaging in sexual activity with the woman who has Down syndrome and severe mental retardation.

Troopers say Shaffer admitted to assaulting the woman last week at a home in Monroe Township near Selinsgrove.

He is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and indecent assault.

Schaffer’s preliminary hearing on Thursday was continued.