Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Man, 18, charged with rape of minor

POLICE HAVE arrested an 18-year-old city man who allegedly raped a young girl in North Philadelphia and videotaped the assault.

Ralph A. Espinosa was charged with 15 crimes including rape, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, false imprisonment, simple assault of a victim under age 12, involuntary devaite sexual intercourse and corruption of minors for an attack that allegedly occurred Tuesday, according to court records. He was jailed on $1 million bail and faces a March 24 preliminary hearing, records show. A police source said the victim was a relative of Espinosa.

A police spokeswoman said she had no details on the attack and referred questions to the Special Victims Unit. A supervisor there declined to provide any additional details.

- Dana DiFilippo

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