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Man to face trial

A Duncansville man will face trial on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18.

David C. Oschea, 22, of Duncansville allegedly fondled the 13-year-old girl and then had sex with her between Dec. 21, 2017, and Dec. 25, 2017, while home on leave from the U.S. Marine Corps, according to charges filed by state police.

Oschea has remained in Blair County Prison since his arraignment Sept. 4 on charges that include felony statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of a person younger than 16 and corruption of minors.

Oschea waived his preliminary hearing that was scheduled for this past Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger.

Oschea’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Anthony Kattouf, said it was still early in the process, but his client, who is in jail and would have appeared via video on Thursday, had wished to be present in court for the hearing so he’ll likely be filing a habeas petition and requesting a bail modification hearing in Blair County Court.

Kattouf pointed out that Oschea was 18 at the time of the alleged incidents and he was serving his country in the military.

“He doesn’t have any history in the criminal system and the intent on our end, at this stage, is to look diligently over the Commonwealth’s evidence, speak with all parties involved and ultimately set our sights on a trial,” Kattouf said this week. “He is innocent until the Commonwealth can prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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