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Rimersburg Man Gets Time Served After Pleading No Contest to Sexually Assaulting 14-Year Old Girl

Thursday, July 11, 2019 @ 12:07 AM

Posted by Chris Rossetti

shutterstock_1175298715-gavelCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Rimersburg man was sentenced to time served and put on parole status after pleading no contest to charges of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl.

Clarion County President James Arner on Wednesday handed down the sentence to 46-year-old Robert Scott MacKinlay, which was officially 85 days to two years with MacKinlay being given credit for 85 days already served.

MacKinlay will also be required to register as a sexual offender.

As a Tier Two offender, it is mandatory that MacKinlay register bi-annually for 25 years and will have to undergo sex-offender counseling, as well as take part in a drug and alcohol program among other conditions of his sentence.

MacKinlay pleaded no contest to the charge on June 5.

The charge stems from an investigating initiated in December 2018.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on December 10, 2017, Trooper Berggren, of the Clarion-based State Police, was contacted by a Clarion State Police Communications Operator to respond to the Clarion Hospital Emergency Room to interview a sexual assault victim.

Trooper Berggren arrived at the hospital and was met by an emergency room physician and multiple staff members who related that a known 14-year-old female had been brought to the hospital for a sexual assault examination.

According to the complaint, the staff advised Trooper Berggren that the victim had disclosed that she had been watching movies with Robert MacKinlay while sitting on a bed. The victim related that she and MacKinlay had been drinking alcoholic beverages, including various wine coolers and shots of rum. She reported that she fell asleep and awakened to MacKinlay sexually assaulting her and was unable to move her body immediately.

The complaint notes that the victim consented to a sexual assault examination and authorized the release of evidence which enabled Trooper Berggren to take custody of the evidence collection kit.

According to the complaint, the comparison yielded positive results for a DNA match between the evidence found in the sexual assault kit and the submitted DNA from MacKinlay.

The complaint states that MacKinlay denied any request to be interviewed by Trooper Berggren in relation to the incident.


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