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Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Felony Charges For McKean Escapee

WFRM Reports:

The hunt for a former McKean County jail inmate who walked away late last month while on a work detail has intensified since state police in Cameron County have filed additional felony charges against him.

Joseph Chapman, 24, is now accused of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and aggravated indecent assault for crimes allegedly taking place between last November and this past April in that county.

Chapman served a five year sentence in state prison after pleading guilty to statutory sexual assault in 2002. He was on probation in April when he was arrested for DUI, eluding police and reckless endangerment and was subsequently transferred to the McKean County lockup on the probation violation. He was allowed to work outside the jail as a trusty and failed to report for lunch on July 30 after going outside some four hours earlier.

Police now say he should be considered dangerous and they reportedly are concentrating their search in the area of Austin and Keating Summit in Potter and McKean Counties.

He’s described as being 5’9”, has blond hair, blue eyes and weighs about 180 pounds. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact the nearest police department or 9-1-1.

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