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Wilkes-Barre police arrest man on rape charges

October 30. 2013 11:50PM

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WILKES-BARRE —A city man remained jailed Wednesday on charges he raped a teen girl.

City detectives arrested Gary Machinshok, 28, of Park Avenue, Tuesday night after a teen girl said he raped her on numerous occasions over several months in 2012 through 2013.

Machinshok was arraigned by District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township on Tuesday night on charges of rape, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors, two counts of aggravated indecent assault and three counts of indecent assault. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

Luzerne County Children and Youth Services notified the District Attorney’s Office and city police about statements a teen girl made about being raped. Child case workers placed the girl and other children with foster parents after the complaint was reported.

The girl told police the sexual attacks started when she was 14 years old and continued for several months until “a few weeks ago.” She said her mother was away when she was assaulted.

She stated Machinshok would tell her to take off her clothes as he removed his clothes, which included a “pizza shirt” and black pants, the complaint says.

Police said the girl reported she told Machinshok “no” and told him numerous times to stop, “but he would continue regardless,” according to the complaint.

Machinshok told the girl if she didn’t want to have sex, he would go have sex with a younger girl, the complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Nov. 5 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.

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