Penn. police: Woman seeking ‘safe haven’ in church got raped by employee ‘for hours’

By David Edwards
Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:58 EDT
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Troy Posey accused of rape (WTXF)
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Police in Pennsylvania say a church worker who was arrested on Wednesday for raping a woman in the church “for hours” had also been sought for sexually assaulting a young girl over a period of about three years.

According to Upper Darby Police, 48-year-old Troy Posey had invited a 19-year-old girl into Bethel Community Baptist Church after she missed the last train or bus home.

“Turns out it was hell. It wasn’t a safe haven. It was hell,” Upper Darby Superintendent Michael Chitwood told WTXF. “She says she falls asleep on the couch, a short [time later] she feels her pants being tugged, and the next thing you know the guy’s on top of her.”

After the woman reported that she was raped last week, police determined that the suspect was Posey, and that he had also been wanted for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl until she was 12 years old. She was the daughter of Posey’s girlfriend at the time.

He had been sought since 2012 in that case, but had managed to evade capture.

“He’s a very, very smooth operator. He’s a con man, but he’s also a sexual predator,” Chitwood pointed out.

Police said that members of the church were not aware of Posey’s past when they hired him to be a handyman.

Posey turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He is facing over 200 charges in connection to the 2012 assault on his then-girlfriend’s daughter. He was also charged with rape in connection with the more recent case.

Watch the video below from WTXF, broadcast April 2, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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