Security monitor at halfway house accused of sexual assault
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The CEO of a Downtown halfway house said this morning that the staff is "cooperating fully" with an investigation of the actions of a security monitor who was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting two men living in the facility.
Anton Rumph, 44, of Penn Hills, was arraigned Thursday on charges of institutional sex assault, criminal solicitation and other crimes.
Renewal Inc. "responded immediately upon learning of the allegations to protect our residents by all appropriate means," CEO Doug Williams wrote in an e-mail early today.
"Because the investigation by law enforcement officials and our own internal investigation is ongoing, I can't comment further on these specific accusations. I can say without hesitation that Renewal is cooperating fully with the investigation and remains totally committed to help our residents achieve successful re-entry into the community and become fully integrated and redeemed members of society."
The email did not say whether Mr. Rumph remains employed by the facility on Second Avenue.
The charges came after one man living there told Allegheny County police detectives that Mr. Rumph caught him violating his behavior contract by using a cell phone in the home's shower room one night in late April or early May. He said Mr. Rumph told him, in explicit terms, that he could get him into trouble, demanded to see his genitalia and then performed oral sex on him, according to a criminal complaint.
Mr. Rumph gave police conflicting information, saying at one point that the man demanded oral sex from him and at another point saying that he "wanted to perform oral sex" on the man at another location and tried unsuccessfully to arrange a liaison.
A second man living in the house also told police that he awoke one night to find Mr. Rumph performing oral sex on him.
First Published June 14, 2012 7:27 pm