Police: Lewisberry man raped girl, 14

John Joyce
  • Dale Rinehart allegedly took his victim, 14, into the shower and forced her to have sex.
  • Rinehart is being held under a $100,000 secured bond on charges including aggravated indecent assault

A Lewisberry man is in York County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail, accused of twice forcing a 14-year-old girl to have sex, according to Newberry Township Police.

Dale Rinehart, 18, of 1300 York Haven Road, Lot 71, was arrested Tuesday and charged with statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, according to court documents. 


The incident allegedly took place Feb. 13. between noon and 5:30 p.m., according to the charging documents. Newberry Township Police were called to a residence later that day to take a rape report, but when they arrived the officers learned they were not there to talk to the caller, but to her 14-year-old friend.

The charging documents allege the victim had been talking to Rinehart via the social media app Snapchat the morning of the incident. Rinehart then came to her house to pick her up and drove her to his home, where they watched television for about 10 minutes. When she got up to use the bathroom, Rinehart followed her in and secured the door from the inside by propping a chair up against the knob, the documents allege.

While in the bathroom, Rinehart undressed the victim and directed her into the shower, despite her telling him several times to stop. Rinehart had sex with the victim in the shower, then a short time later, he brought her back into the bathroom to have sex with her a second time. Between incidents, the victim asked several times to be taken home,  documents state.

After taking the initial report, police had the victim interviewed Feb. 29 at the York Children's Advocacy Center. On March 22, investigators went to Rinehart's home, which he shares with a roommate, Chad Gunderman. Gunderman was home at the time, but Rinehart was not, and Gunderman told the officers he had been expecting them. He said he knew the officers were there regarding the incident between Rinehart and the victim, according to the documents.

Gunderman told police he was home the day Rinehart brought the victim over. He said he saw them go into the bathroom and thought he heard the shower running over the loud music Rinehart was playing. He also said he heard the victim say something along the lines of, "Can we get out, are we done," according to the documents.

Gunderman told police he did not know the victim's last name, but he recognized her from when he and Rinehart would go to the Fountainblu Skating Arena in New Cumberland.

Rinehart was arraigned Tuesday night and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 29.

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