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.

Donkochik, who was the lone witness to testify, said the victim told him Gurdak raped her four times and forced her to have oral sex. He said the victim didn’t report the alleged crimes right away because she was afraid Gurdak was going to hurt or kill her since he had previously assaulted her.

Donkochik said Gurdak also attempted to lure his brother into participating in a “threesome” with the victim, but he said Gurdak’s sibling didn’t want anything to do with it.

The lieutenant said Gurdak also ordered the victim to take a shower after the rapes to avoid leaving physical evidence.

He said Gurdak declined an interview with police and invoked his right to an attorney.

In addition to rape and incest, Gurdak is charged with felonies of sexual assault and criminal solicitation and a misdemeanor of indecent assault by forcible compulsion.

After Cole sent the charges to Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas, Matulewicz described the allegations against the defendant as “horrendous” and called the case one of the most “bizarre” he’s prosecuted during his nearly four years as district attorney.

Gurdak remains incarcerated in Northumberland County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

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