Aliquippa man ordered to trial on charges he raped and beat nun

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A Beaver County judge today ordered an 18-year-old man from Aliquippa to stand trial on charges that he raped and beat an 85-year-old retired nun last week.

Police said Andrew Bullock, 18, raped and beat the nun in the parking lot of St. Titus Church in Aliquippa about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, according to court documents and Aliquippa police. She was beaten to the point that her jaw was dislocated and she was unable to speak to police at the scene.

Mr. Bullock was charged with felony rape, aggravated assault and sexual assault, and misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to court documents. Police said he admitted to attacking the woman.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not generally identify victims of alleged sexual assaults without their consent.

Two drug-related charges were also held today for Mr. Bullock. About 12:45 p.m. Dec. 13, police said they approached Mr. Bullock, who was standing in front of a building on Superior Avenue. He gave police a false name, according to police documents, and was taken into investigatory detention, where a pill bottle with marijuana residue was found in his pocket.

Mr. Bullock's formal arraignment is set for Feb. 5, and Judge Harry Knafelc is scheduled to oversee his trial May 5. He remains in the Beaver County Jail, unable to post $50,000 bail.

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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