Sex offenders

Ronald Wickizer Jr., front, and Patrick Gurdak, both of Mount Carmel, are escorted by state Constable Larry Rompallo from Magisterial District Judge William Cole’s courtroom Wednesday following their preliminary hearings on unrelated sexual offenses.

MOUNT CARMEL — A 22-year-old Mount Carmel man accused of raping an adult relative four times between Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 at his home was held for court Wednesday at a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge William Cole.

Cole ruled enough evidence was presented by Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz and arresting officer Lt. David Donkochik to hold Patrick Gurdak, of 34 W. Fifth St., for court on multiple felonies, including rape and incest.

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