Police seek accused rapist
Craig York, 34, of Tamaqua, a registered Megan’s Law offender, was arraigned on sexual assault charges on Thursday. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Criminal Investigator Thomas Rodgers. TIM ES NEWS FILE PHOTO
A Tamaqua man accused of rape of a minor may be hiding on the Appalachian Trail.
Craig A. York, 35, was seen Thursday on the Appalachian Trail near the Fort Franklin parking area, also called Blue Mountain House Road, which is near Route 309 at the top of the Blue Mountain. York is wanted for failing to appear in Schuylkill County Court on rape charges; he had been scheduled to appear for a revocation hearing July 12.
York was arrested by Tamaqua Police Chief Thomas Rogers June 30, 2018, and charged with rape with the threat of forcible compulsion, statutory sexual assault 11 years or older, indecent sexual intercourse of a person less than 16, indecent exposure, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children (parent, guardian or other commits offense) and indecent assault without the consent of another.
York is 6 foot 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. It is unknown if York is still on the Appalachian Trail, and if so, whether he is headed north or south. In Pennsylvania, a hiker will typically cover from 12-16 miles per day. Anyone who spots York should call the Schuylkill County Communications Center at 570-668-6100 or call 911.