Trial set for man charged in rape of 12-year-old girl

A 27-year-old Annville, Lebanon County, man accused in the 2013 rape of a 12-year-old girl in Washington Township is scheduled to head to trial on Aug. 30.

Lars Matthew Rindahl, who was 23 at the time the incident is alleged to have occurred, is charged with the rape of a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, both first-degree felonies; statuary sexual assault and sexual assault, both second-degree felonies; and indecent assault of a person less than 13-years of age, an unclassified felony, on Dec. 1, 2013.

In November 2016, an investigation began in a case involving a juvenile victim alleged to have been sexually assaulted by Rindahl, described in court documents as an ex-boyfriend of the victim’s sister. At the time, Rindahl and his girlfriend resided along Sunny Road in Washington Township.

According to the criminal complaint, Marienville state police Cpl. James Weaver, who was originally in charge of the investigation, arranged a forensic interview with the victim at the Children’s Home Society in Bartow, Florida.

During that interview, the complaint said, the victim said while she was visiting her sister and Rindahl, her sister left the residence, leaving her and Rindahl alone and that Rindahl began making a physical advance.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim allegedly told police she was scared to tell him to stop but then his actions became more aggressive before committing rape.

On Sept. 13, 2017, the investigation was subsequently handed over to state police Trooper Shawn Nicewonger, who spoke to the victim’s sister.

According to the criminal complaint, the sister said she dated the defendant for approximately two to three years, and they resided together in Lickingville. The sister told police she remembered the date in question and believed it was approximately one week before Christmas in 2013.

The sister said she left the residence for a little more than an hour, leaving her sister and the defendant alone together, the criminal complaint said.