Port Matilda school bus driver waives preliminary hearing on sex assault
BELLEFONTE — Matthew Dunlap, 25, of Port Matilda waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Carmine Prestia,
He remains incarcerated in the Centre County Correctional Facility on $200,000 bail as ordered by the Magisterial District Justice during preliminary arraignment.
The State College Police Department arrested Dunlap on Nov. 15, 2016, after an investigation revealed that he had sexually groomed and ultimately assaulted a student who he was entrusted to transport between home and school beginning in middle school.
In January 2016, when the victim was 15 years old, Dunlap initiated a “sexting” relationship with the child, by both sending her nude photos of himself as well as soliciting nude photos from her in return via various social media sites and cell phone apps. By the summer of 2016, Dunlap engaged in sexual intercourse with the child victim on three separate occasions at the child’s home while her parents were at work.
Today, Dunlap waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all eight charges filed in the criminal complaint, including two counts of statutory sexual assault; one count of corruption of minors; one count of unlawful contact with a minor; one count obscene and other sexual materials and performances (for disseminating sexually explicit materials to a minor); one count of corruption of minors; and one count of indecent assault.
His case now proceeds to the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.