City man accused of raping 5-year-old

By Russ O’Reilly

An Altoona man is facing charges alleging he raped a 5-year-old girl while four others are facing charges for hindering his arrest.

Alex Strange Budd Plowman, 22, of 412 Walton Ave., was arraigned Thursday morning on the first-degree felony charge of child rape and several other felony offenses: sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent sexual assault and indecent assault.

According to a police affidavit of probable cause, Plowman allegedly sexually abused a 5-year-old girl in late 2016 and early 2017.

The Altoona Police Department responded to UPMC Altoona for the child being treated for alleged sexual abuse, the affidavit states.

In interviews with the Child Advocacy Center in Bellefonte, the child described the defendant as “Bud.”

“He is the one who touched me, and I didn’t like it. … He touched me in a way he’s not supposed to. … He told me not to tell the truth about it,” the child told the center’s interviewer.

The affidavit contains graphic detail of the child’s description of the sexual acts Plowman did, how it felt and that he used wipes to clean her when he was done.

“The child was an unknowing participant in these acts … until she attended HeadStart in 2016 where a safety class was given,” the affidavit states.

In the class, the children are taught about “good touch” and “bad touch,” the affidavit states.

“The victim recognized what the defendant was doing as being wrong and confided in her mother on two separate occasions. It was not until the last disclosure that she was taken to the ER for evaluation,” the affidavit states.

A preliminary hearing for Plowman is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker. He is lodged at the Blair County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.

Four others were arraigned Thursday on third-degree felony charges of criminal conspiracy for hindering Plowman’s apprehension as well as harboring or concealing Plowman while police tried to locate him.

Plowman was staying with Tyler James Bartley, 22, at 109 15th St., states an affidavit for charges against Bartley, who was sent to Blair County Prison after he failed to post 10 percent of $25,000 bail.

In addition to Bartley, other occupants at the 15th Street residence at the time police arrived looking for Plowman, Alec Williams, 18; Michael Kozak, 20; and Bartley’s girlfriend, Jasmine Keenan, 21; were arraigned Thursday also on charges of criminal conspiracy and harboring a wanted person. All three were released on $30,000 unsecured bonds. They and Bartley are scheduled for preliminary hearings at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Bartley allegedly told police he did not know anyone named Alex Strange Budd Plowman when police arrived at his residence.

Police showed Bartley a photo of Plowman and said there was an active felony warrant for his arrest. Bartley then stated that he did know Plowman but had not seen him in two weeks. Bartley denied Plowman had been staying with him and refused police entrance, the affidavit states.

Officer Philip Worthy wrote the affidavit and stated that he thanked Bartley for his time and told him that he would be charged with harboring a wanted person if police discovered Plowman was staying with him. According to Worthy, Bartley understood.

Worthy and other officers left the property but discretely positioned their cars within view. Worthy saw a male fitting Plowman’s description emerge and walk through the rear of the 15th Street address. Plowman spotted a police car and ran to the entrance and knocked on the door, which was locked. Plowman was taken into custody in front of the 109 15th St. residence.

Police recontacted Bartley who subsequently confessed to knowing Plowman was wanted and that he was inside the residence when police arrived on scene to locate him. The affidavit stated that the other people in the residence at the time police arrived also knew about Plowman’s warrant and that Plowman was inside the residence.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.