David Henry Miller Jr., 22, of Selinsgrove, elected to waive his right to a preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Stephen Bayer on rape related charges. Miller stands accused of raping his two young nieces while he was babysitting for them between February and August of this year. The incidents allegedly took place in McAdoo, when the girls were nine and 10 years old. The charges were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich in September.
Charges include 10 felony counts each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a child, endangering the welfare of children and 10 misdemeanor accounts of corruption of minors.
Bail was set at $100,000 straight cash bond. Miller was returned to the Snyder County prison where he remains incarcerated on other offenses.
Other cases scheduled to be heard before Bayer this week included:
Kareem Jamiai West Walker, 25, of 310 Van Gelder St., Tamaqua, was bound over for court trial on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an Oct. 24 incident and were filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Thomas Rodgers.
Bail was set at $5,000 straight cash. Unable to post bond, Walker was returned to the Schuylkill County Prison, Pottsville. Assault and harassment charges from an Oct. 23 incident were withdrawn by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell.
Matthew Charles Hosler, 23, of 511 Arlington St., Tamaqua, was bound over for court trial on charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, careless driving and disorderly conduct. Hosler was charged by Tamaqua Patrolman Robert Minnich following an Aug. 30 incident.
Hosler was released on his own recognizance.
Adam Venerio, 26, of 135 W. Ridge St., Lansford, waived a preliminary hearing on charges of retail theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit retail theft, which were filed by Rush Township Patrolman Jonathan McHugh. The charges stem from a July 17 incident.
Venerio was released on his own recognizance.
Jalil Donald Ruiz, 25, with a last known address in Easton, was scheduled for two hearings on drug related charges. He waived both. In the first case, Ruiz was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communications facility and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an Oct. 14 incident.
In the second case, Ruiz was charged with selling fake "controlled substances," criminal use of a communications facility and driving without a license from an Oct. 28 incident. Both sets of charges were filed by Tamaqua Police Sgt. Richard Weaver.
Ruiz was unable to post the combined $30,000 straight cash bail imposed by the judge and was returned to the county prison.
Jerry Joseph Feathers, 30, with a last known address of 218 Washington St., Tamaqua, waived a hearing on charges of defiant trespass, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct filed by Tamaqua Patrolman Anthony Stanell. The charges stem from a Nov. 15 incident.
Feathers was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Sherryl L. Schappell, 41, of 609 Franklin St., Hamburg, waived a hearing on charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property filed by Rush Township Cpl. Duane Frederick. The charges stem from a Sept. 3 incident.
Schappell was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Valerie Gross, 24, of 238 Hope St., Hazle Township, waived a hearing on charges of selling/furnishing liquor to minors stemming from a Sept. 24 incident. The charges were filed by McAdoo Patrolman Robert Minnich.
Gross was released on her own recognizance.