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Knox Man Accused of Rape of Young Girl to Stand Trial

Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

thomas-servey-mug-newCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Knox man accused of rape of a young girl and related offenses will stand trial this month.

According to court documents, on September 9, 2016, Clarion-based State Police filed criminal charges against 57-year-old Thomas Edward Servey, of Knox, stemming from alleged incidents that took place at a home in Beaver Township, Clarion County.

According to court documents, Servey’s trial is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 14 and continue at 9:00 a.m. on June 15 with Clarion County President Judge James G. Arner presiding.

Servey faces the following charges:

- Rape Threat of Forcible Compulsion, Felony 1, (10 counts)

- Statutory Sexual Assault: 11 Years Older, Felony 1, (10 counts)

- Aggravated Indecent Assault – Complainant Less Than 16, Felony 2, (10 counts)

- Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Yrs Age, Misdemeanor 2, (10 counts)

- Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3

- Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

A misdemeanor charge of agricultural vandalism was dismissed at a lower court.

Unable to post $50,000.00 monetary bail, he remains in the Clarion County Jail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, several state police troopers were dispatched to a residence on Knight School Road in Beaver Township for a report by (a known woman) who advised PSP Clarion that “she found Servey in bed with a teen female victim.”

She also advised police that “Servey had barricaded himself inside his home and poured gasoline onto the front porch,” the complaint continues.

During the investigation, the woman told police that “she had walked into the bedroom and found Servey and the victim unclothed and in bed having sexual intercourse. The victim ran from the bedroom and the known woman drove the victim to a residence in Clarion Borough. The victim informed her that this is not the first time Servey has done this to her,” the complaint states.

(The known woman) returned to the residence, and before reaching the front deck, she could smell gasoline and saw a red gas can near the front door. She said that she walked into the residence to retrieve the dogs and spoke with Servey who was sitting on the bed allegedly holding a revolver. She stated Servey “told her that he had only did this one other time and that he knows what he has to do and told her to leave,” the complaint indicates.

Police approached the residence but before reaching the residence, Servey was seen driving his 1993 Dodge truck toward the police and upon seeing them, turned into a bean field. Servey ignored repeated attempts as troopers tried to to make contact with him, according to the complaint.

Servey allegedly drove through the field stopping several times to look at the patrol vehicle following him before stopping. Servey exited his vehicle and was instructed to raise his arms, at which time, “a shoulder holster could be seen on his person with a revolver inside,” the complaint states.

Servey was taken into custody. Several rifles, a shotgun, and a muzzleloader were allegedly located in Servey’s vehicle as well as a silver 38-caliber pistol in Servey’s pocket, the complaint indicates.

The victim was interviewed at PSP Clarion, and she said that Servey has done this several times before and that he told her that “if she told anyone he would burn the house down and hurt her family,” according to the complaint.

A search of Servey’s residence allegedly produced a red, one-gallon gasoline can near the front door of the residence and a red, five-gallon gasoline can sitting on his bed, the complaint continues.


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