On July 16 Mifflin Co. Regional Police Officers received a “Report of Suspected Child Abuse” from Mifflin Co. Children & Youth Services. In said report, instances of suspected inappropriate contact were alleged against Douglas Scott Stringfellow, a 63 year old male from Burnham.
Regional Officers opened an investigation. As a part of the investigation, the victim, a juvenile female, was interviewed by professionals at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Bellefonte. As a result of information gleaned from that interview, Officers continued the investigation & were able to gather evidence to corroborate the victim’s account. Officers also learned that this alleged inappropriate contact was both recent & has been ongoing for several years.
Thursday, Officers, in cooperation with DCNR Rangers, located Stringfellow at Poe Valley State Park in Centre Co. Stringfellow was taken into custody without incident & was arraigned before District Justice Kent Smith & incarcerated in the Mifflin Co. Prison on $2,000,000 bail. He has been charged with the following, all against the same juvenile victim:
1. Rape of a Child. 1 count.
2. Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child. 5 counts.
3. Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child. 3 counts.
4. Statutory Sexual Assault. 1 count.
5. Sexual Assault. 6 counts.
6. Aggravated Indecent Assault. 3 counts.
7. Indecent Assault. 2 counts.
8. Corruption of Minors. 8 counts.
The investigation continues as other pieces of evidence are explored. MCRPD Chief of Police, Andre French, said in an email in issuing the press release that this incident is “one of the worst cases I’ve seen”.