Charges dropped from Towanda man who could have seen 42 years in state prison--10/11/2017

The Bradford County District Attorney’s Office recently withdrew all charges against a Towanda man. Kenneth Oliver Raymond, Sr., 33, was charged by the Pennsylvania State Police with: Rape by Forcible Compulsion, a felony of the first degree; Sexual Assault and Aggravated Indecent Assault Without Consent, felonies of the second degree; and Indecent Assault Without Complainant’s Consent, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Trooper Jeffrey Sredenschek filed the charges against Raymond for an act that occurred between September 8, 2007 and September 9, 2007. The alleged victim did not report the act to the police until December of 2014. When interviewed by the state police in 2015, Raymond acknowledged sexual contact with the witness, but maintained that the act was consensual. The state police received permission from the District Attorney’s Office to file charges, and charges were formally filed against Raymond on September 22, 2016. A preliminary hearing was conducted on December 9, 2016 before Magisterial District Judge Timothy Clark, at which time all charges were bound over to the Court of Common Pleas.

On the morning scheduled for jury selection, Raymond appeared at the Bradford County Courthouse before Judge Evan S. Williams, III, at which time District Attorney Daniel Barrett made a motion to dismiss the charges based upon a lack of compelling evidence. Raymond was represented by local attorney, Chad M. Salsman, Esq. who did not object to the motion. Salsman asked that the costs of prosecution be placed upon the county, which Judge Williams granted.

Due to the serious nature of the charges, Raymond had faced up to forty-two years in a state prison if he had been convicted.