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Cambria County couple charged with assaulting young children
By: Maria Miller
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Two people are facing a list of charges, accused of assaulting two young children in Cambria County nearly a decade ago, say police.
Devon Cashaw and Raelynn McGraw are accused of sexually assaulting the children at least seven years ago.
Richland Township police filed charges against them in February after a lengthy investigation and allegations that came from the children themselves.
"At the time the police report was made to us, there were several years that had passed," said Detective Kevin Gaudlip Wednesday.
Cashaw is the only one facing rape charges but investigators said both he and McGraw are accused of committing graphic assaults on a number of occasions for at least two years, beginning in 2005. The allegations didn't surface until at least five years later when police said the young victims opened up to counselors.
"They became comfortable as a result of the counseling sessions they were having just because of general behavior issues and eventually were comfortable enough making the disclosures of sexual abuse," Gaudlip said.
The criminal complaint and much of the allegations are too graphic to discuss, but with time and lots of help, police said the children are doing well and are ready to talk.
"It's my opinion at this point that the children are more comfortable talking about it and they want to tell people about what happened to them and how they were victimized," Gaudlip said.
Police said last time they interviewed Cashaw and McGraw in February, they both denied the allegations.
Neither one is in jail. They haven't been arraigned. Police said that's because of the ongoing investigation and the fact they haven't had contact with the children for years. Police said they will both be arraigned next week before their preliminary hearing.