Man pleading guilty to additional charges

EBENSBURG – After pleading guilty in October to charges he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl over a three-year period, a Portage man will appear before Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki today to plead to separate felony charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors.

Mark Wayne Greenawalt, 50, of 933 Sonman Ave., was arrested in August 2012 on child-rape charges dating back to 2009, when, according to police, he began sexually assaulting the daughter of family friends.

Police said Greenawalt admitted in an interview that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl over the course of three years, saying he performed multiple sex acts on her and fondled her.

The child said she could not remember when the assaults began, police said.

He was charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors.

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault of a person under 16 years of age and is set to be sentenced for those charges on March 17, 2014.

Today, he will face felony charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and corruption of minors stemming from a June 2012 incident.

According to Amy Birkhimer, special assistant to Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan, the charges are unrelated.

She said it’s a different case, with a different victim, but the activity involved is “similar.”

Birkhimer said she could not elaborate on the charges. A Portage Borough police officer involved with the case was unavailable to comment. Greenawalt has been in Cambria County Prison since Aug. 30, 2012, in lieu of 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

Mirror Staff Writer Kelly Cernetich is at 946-7520.