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Pennsdale man accused of rape still free on bail

By Staff | Aug 25, 2009

MUNCY – A Pennsdale man remains free on bail following his Thursday hearing on rape allegations, where District Judge C. Roger McRae bound all criminal charges to county court.

Despite an argument from assistant county District Attorney Mary Kilgus that the $35,000 unsecured bail be raised commensurate with the crimes filed against Bryson R. Hall, 31, of 1865 Rabbittown Road, McRae did not change bail conditions.

Hall, accused of raping a female acquaintance at a borough home Dec. 5, has been free since he signed a bail bond July 27.

The victim, who was the sole witness at the hearing, said she was awakened by Hall in the middle of the night, sometime around 1 a.m. She claims he pinned her down on a bed, forcing her to submit to sexual intercourse as he allegedly choked her.

“He would not allow me to leave the room at all,” the woman said. “He choked my throat and held me down so I couldn’t breathe.”

At some point in the alleged attack, the woman said she lost consciousness.

She said the 15-minute encounter ended when her father walked into the unlocked bedroom door after Hall failed to open it when he knocked twice.

When the woman realized she was being assaulted, she said she used her hands and legs in attempts to shield herself from Hall’s advances. She said she told him to leave her alone several times, but he refused to follow her demands.

The victim said she was able to flee the room after her father opened the door.

Hall’s hired attorney, Joel McDermott, successfully argued that his client has been following the terms of his bail, including a no-contact order with the victim. McDermott said Hall is on a supervised bail program.

Kilgus said two protection from abuse orders have been filed against Hall, instructing him to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted.

Hall is scheduled to be arraigned at the county court Sept. 8 on charges of rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, unlawful restraint and simple assault filed by Muncy Borough police.

In a separate rape case scheduled before McRae Thursday, Ulysses V. Hoffman, 39, of 44 S. Second St., Hughesville waived his district court hearing.

Hoffman is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl he knew.

He reportedly raped her while giving her marijuana on Aug. 8 and alcohol on July 4 at a Hughesville Borough home.

Hoffman’s county court arraignment on state police-filed charges is scheduled for Sept. 8. He remains in the county prison in lieu of $125,000 bail.