Police: Man signed in girl at school after sex assault

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Police say Shawn Hamel, 21, of Dover Township, signed a girl into school after he sexually assaulted her.
  • The two met online, police said.
  • Hamel remains in York County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Police say a 21-year-old Dover Township man picked up a teenage girl he met online, sexually assaulted her and later dropped her off at school by signing her in using a fake name.

Shawn Hamel

Shawn Michael Hamel, of 7360 Amy Ave., is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16, unlawful contact with minors, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors, among other charges, documents state.

Police say Hamel met the teen online and said he "accepted" her age, adding that he hoped the two could "run with it."

Allegations: According to charging documents, the teen reported the two had met through a dating app Plenty of Fish, and they would sometimes message each other on it.

Checking through her chat history, police say she messaged Hamel, who went by his real name on the website, on March 19. On that day she she told him that she was 14, even though her account said she was 21, according to police. 

"Can I tell you something? I like younger girls. Your age is OK with me. If you're willing to accept that, then I accept you for your age, too," Hamel responded, according to court documents. He allegedly added that he accepts her age and said "hopefully we can run with it," police said.

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Online conversations between the two became sexual at times, documents allege. 

Police say the two agreed to meet March 29, and Hamel picked her up at her home about 6:45 a.m. He took her to his home, where she said he inappropriately touched her, documents allege. About 12:45 p.m., Hamel took her to her school, and he signed her in by using a fake name, saying he was her cousin, according to police.

Surveillance footage from the school showed Hamel walking the girl into the building, documents state.

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Speaking with officials: Police were able to speak with Hamel at his residence April 6. While there, he invited the responding detective into his home and said "everything she told you is true," police said.

He told the detective about the "sexual related things" he did with her, according to charging documents. The detective asked Hamel to talk with him at the police station, which Hamel agreed to do, police said.

Once there, Hamel explained that he had met the teen on the dating site and that he was "taken aback" when she told him she was 14, but he continued talking to her, police said.

Hamel told police that he had picked her up that day, took her back to his home and took her into his parents' bedroom, according to charging documents. He said he performed oral sex on her, police said.

Hamel said she did not perform oral sex on him, saying "she did not like it," and that the two did not have intercourse because she did not want to, court documents state.

He said they showered and he drove her to school, where he signed her in, according to police. 

Additionally, he admitted to sending her pictures of himself without clothes on, but police say the girl did not send him photos of herself. 

Charges against Hamel were filed Monday, and he was arraigned on them Tuesday. Hamel was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 20 at District Judge David C. Esbach's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser