Sex case awaits date

Ryan Brown, Managing Editor

A Pitt-Johnstown student is on the wait list for a Somerset County trial seven months after he first faced sexual-assault charges from a February ski trip.

State police Feb. 28 charged Anthony Raco, 19, with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint and indecent assault after a 16-year-old girl accused him of accosting her at a Seven Springs resort parking lot.

In a criminal complaint, state police said the girl, who was visiting the ski resort on a Feb. 23 high school trip, conversed with Raco and offered her cell phone number.

Police said Raco repeatedly asked her to visit his car.  After she agreed, police said, he drove to a secluded area and kissed her in the car’s back seat.

According to police, Raco then asked her to perform a series of sex acts – allegedly offering drugs in exchange – before forcing her to perform oral sex.

Police said the girl refused to engage in further sex.

When the girl threatened to contact police, Raco drove her part way to her bus, where she eventually was reunited with her classmates, officers said.

After receiving a report on the incident, State Police Trooper Joel Penatzer called Raco’s cell phone and mentioned the incident.

“(Raco) questioned if this was about ‘that girl at Seven Springs . . . the one who told me she was 18,’ ” Penatzer quoted.

Police said Raco’s father called later that day, indicating his son would seek legal counsel.

Johnstown attorney Arthur McQuillan is to represent Raco in an eventual Somerset County Court trial.

Employees at the Pitt-Johnstown Registrar’s office said Raco is enrolled as a student.