Girls testify in front of Centre Co. man accused of raping them
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WJAC) —
A week ago, Donald Lamey Jr., of Bellefonte, was facing close to 500 child sex abuse charges.
On Wednesday, he was ordered to stand trial on fewer than 50 of those charges.
When Lamey was first arrested, the criminal complaint form said he had raped one teenage girl once a week for nearly three years.
But that, and hundreds of other criminal counts, simply disappeared from Wednesday's preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors did not say whether those charges were dismissed or withdrawn, only that they had amended the criminal complaint.
Lamey is still in plenty of trouble, the two teenage girls testified against him during the hearing in an emotional, and sometimes difficult, session.
One girl said Lamey had raped her multiple times and the other also accused him of sexually abusing her. Both girls claim many of the incidents occurred when they were younger than 13 years old.
After one girl's testimony, the presiding judge, Stephen Lachman, thanked her for “being brave.”
Despite the huge drop in the number of criminal counts, prosecutors are still confident in their case against Lamey, saying even if he's found guilty of just one count of raping a child, that's usually at least five to 10 years in prison.