Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Police: Man who raped woman in Delco church also wanted for raping girl

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A man charged this week with raping a 19-year-old woman in an Upper Darby Township church also had been wanted for the last two years for raping a girl during a four-year period, starting when she was 8, police said Thursday.

Troy Posey, 48, was arraigned on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault and remanded to the Delaware County jail in lieu of $400,000 bail. Police believe he was most recently living at Bethel Community Baptist Church, where he had been working as a handyman, said Michael Chitwood, the police superintendent.

Posey is charged with raping a 19-year-old woman from West Chester in a back room of the church on March 22. Chitwood said the victim was walking in the vicinity of the church about 2 a.m. when she encountered the man, who was outside smoking a cigarette. He let her inside and raped her, Chitwood said.

Four days later, she reported the rape to police, who believed her description of the man matched that of Posey. He had been wanted by Upper Darby police since 2012 for raping and abusing the daughter of his girlfriend at the time, for a period of four years beginning when she was 8. She and her mother reported the abuse in 2012, two years after it ended.

Police said Posey turned himself into police Wednesday.

- Laura McCrystal

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