Rape charges against city man dropped

The case against an Altoona man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl has fallen apart.

“Please be advised that the Commonwealth is withdrawing the following charges for lack of prosecutorial merit,” Deputy District Attorney Jackie Bernard wrote in a memorandum to Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly on Saturday concerning the case against Gregory Scott Logan, 44, of 2104 Maple Ave., who Altoona police charged with a laundry list of sex offenses after he was accused of rape by a 16-year-old girl on Jan. 11.

Police had alleged Logan raped the girl in his attic and kept her there with a padlocked door, but charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, false imprisonment, sexual assault, indecent assault and possession of a small amount of marijuana were withdrawn.

Charges of corruption of minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an offensive weapon remain, charges that stem from allegations Logan smoked pot with the girl and had a pair of brass knuckles that were found when police searched his home.

“After talking to the defendant, we were given the names of some witnesses,” noted Assistant District Attorney Russell Montgomery. “Based on further investigation, we determined we could not prosecute those charges” that were dismissed.

While Montgomery wouldn’t say the further investigation showed the girl made up the story, he did say there were problems with the story.

“We can’t prove it happened the way it was claimed,” Montgomery said.

Assistant Public Defender Julia Burke pointed out that the charges were dropped because they lacked merit, not because of a lack of evidence. The false rape allegations have had a profound effect on Logan, who claimed the girl misrepresented her age to him, Burke said.

“The consequences of these allegations can be so devastating to some people,” Burke said.

Logan was released from Blair County Prison on Saturday on an unsecured $50,000 cash bond in light of the withdrawing of charges by prosecutors, Montgomery said.