Police: York-area victim got child-rape suspect to talk on tape

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

With help from West Manchester Township Police, a young man who was sexually assaulted as a boy persuaded his alleged rapist to confess in a taped phone call, according to charging documents.

That man is now in York County Prison, accused of raping and sexually assaulting the young man over a four-year period beginning in 2009, when he was 11 years old, those documents state.

William Paul Hutchison, 75, of the 100 block of Ortman Drive in Kittanning, Armstrong County, remains in York County Prison on $200,000 bail.

William Paul Hutchison

He is charged with the first-degree felonies of child rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, as well as the third-degree felonies of indecent assault of a person less than 13 and corruption of a minor and the second-degree misdemeanor of indecent assault of a person less than 16.

West Manchester Township Detective Sean Conway, who was lead investigator in the case, said each charge filed against Hutchison is considered an all-encompassing count to include numerous alleged assaults on the boy between 2009 and 2013.

Court records don't list an attorney for Hutchison.

Young man speaks: According to court records, the alleged victim reached out to West Manchester Township Police on Aug. 15 to report that Hutchison had sexually abused him between 2009 and 2013 in three states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The boy's family vacationed with Hutchison in Florida and Ohio, documents state, and the man came to the York area to visit as well, according to the charging documents filed by Conway.

While in the York area, Hutchison would drive around with the boy, finding places — such as local motels and random parking lots — where he could take the boy to sexually assault him, according to charging documents.

Hutchison bought inappropriate gifts of a sexual nature for the teen and also bought him expensive gifts, "expecting 'sexual favors' in return," documents state.

The boy repeatedly told Hutchison "no," charging documents state, but Hutchison didn't listen.

Because of the alleged victim's age, the number of assaults and the amount of time that has passed, police were unable to determine the exact dates of most of the purported assaults, according to documents.

Shortly before the boy turned 15, he "decided he had enough and was now old enough to take a stand," Conway wrote in charging documents.

Defendant disappointed? "(He) made a decision to start actively avoiding spending any time alone with Hutchison and to not put himself in any vulnerable positions," Conway wrote. "This apparently upset Hutchison to the point that, on May 14, 2014, Hutchison sent (the teen) a lengthy email describing his disappointment in (the teen's) changed demeanor and reluctance to be alone with him.

"Hutchison even stated in his message that he removed pictures of (the teen) from his home and office desks because it was too difficult to look at them, in a presumed effort to 'guilt' (the teen) into renewing their 'friendship,'" charging documents state.

About 1 p.m. Aug. 21, West Manchester and York County detectives had the teen call Hutchison to try to get him to speak about the purported encounters, police said.

During that conversation, "Hutchison openly acknowledged sexual contact in the form of oral sex taking place," documents allege.

Hutchison also acknowledged having sexual activity with the boy during trips to York when Hutchison stayed at two local motels — one in West Manchester Township, the other in Manchester Township, documents allege.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.