Police say city man raped 12-year-old girl

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he raped a young girl.

Joshua Doucette, 23, of 1838 Sixth St., was arraigned Friday morning on felony and misdemeanor sexual assault charges stemming from two alleged incidents in 2013.

According to police, Doucette first assaulted the girl in February 2013 when she was 12 years old. The girl told police the assault began with Doucette talking to the girl about sex and telling her he liked her and wanted to have sex with her, court records show. Police said the girl rebuffed his advances, but Doucette then threw her on a bed, where she hit her head on the headboard. Doucette allegedly told the girl she was going to listen to him and have sex with him whether she liked it or not.

Police said Doucette began to rape the girl but stopped when he heard barking dogs and believed someone had returned to the house. The girl told investigators Doucette told her twice he would hurt her if she told anyone, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Doucette allegedly assaulted the girl a second time in September, when the girl was 13. Police said Doucette didn’t have sex with the girl because he was interrupted, but he did assault her with his hands.

When questioned in October about the allegations, Doucette denied any sexual involvement with the girl and invoked his right to a lawyer, according to police.

Doucette was jailed Friday after failing to post $135,000 cash bond imposed by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller. A preliminary hearing on rape, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and related charges is scheduled for Wednesday at Central Court.