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.

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