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Former Minersville Man Charged with Rape, Incest of Minor

Dane Piccone Jr. facing multiple felony charges after arrest in Philadelphia.

WARNING: This article contains graphic information included from a police affidavit.

Minersville Police arrested a former borough man charged with raping a child family member for several years on Tuesday.

According to an affidavit obtained by The Canary, Dane Piccone Jr., 21, was apprehended in Philadelphia and charged with rape of a child, attempted rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, incest of a minor, and other offenses after being accused by a member of his family.

The affidavit states these alleged incidents happened at a home in Minersville between the years 2017 and 2020, when the reported victim was between 7-10 years old.

On Aug. 29, the reported victim of these incidents was subjected to a forensic interview at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Harrisburg. During that interview, the girl reported that Piccone Jr. would, on multiple occasions, touch her on the breasts. She also told authorities that Piccone Jr. would place her hand on his penis as she moved her hand up and down.

The reported victim also said Piccone Jr. did, on multiple occasions, attempt to have sex with her but couldn’t so he continued to rub against her until he ejaculated. He then allegedly told the reported victim to clean up the “stuff,” as she says.

Piccone Jr. also allegedly attempted anal sex multiple times, police relate in their affidavit. He also reportedly placed his fingers inside her vagina, according to the victim’s statements in the affidavit.

The reported victim also told police that Piccone Jr. would expose himself to her and masturbated in front of her. Despite her reportedly telling him to stop multiple times, Piccone Jr. is accused of holding her hands down and pinning her with his body weight while he did this.

On Oct. 25, Pennsylvania State Police interviewed Piccone Jr., according to the affidavit. During that interview, Piccone Jr. allegedly said he had been “doing stuff” to the victim on occasion.

Piccone Jr. allegedly admitted to inserting his fingers into the victim’s vagina and anus on multiple instances and that he had vaginal and anal sex with her as well.

However, he denies having ever touched her breasts or masturbating in front of her.

Piccone Jr. was arraigned Tuesday before District Magistrate David Plachko and sent to Schuylkill County Prison on $75,000 bail.

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