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Police: Hanover man sexually assaulted one woman, indecently assaulted a 2nd, exposed self to a 3rd

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Hanover man remains locked up, accused of breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her as she slept, indecently assaulting a second woman on a public street and exposing his genitals to a third woman while lurking outside her home.

Taylor Tray Anderson Jr., 29, of the 200 block of West Hanover Street, is being held in York County Prison in lieu of bail on all three cases and also is being held on a probation-violation detainer from Adams County, according to prison records.

He's been jailed since Sept. 25, according to the prison — his eighth trip there.

Anderson's bail is $25,000 in the attempted rape case and $15,000 each in the other two Hanover cases, court records state. The Adams County detainer alleges Anderson violated his probation on his conviction for fleeing police while drunk, according to court records.

Taylor Tray Anderson Jr.

Anderson crept into the home of a borough woman about 4:30 a.m. June 14 through an unlocked door as the woman slept, according to his charging documents.

The woman awoke to Anderson putting his penis in her mouth, then getting on top of her and trying to rape her, charging documents allege.

Failed attempts: Anderson tried and failed to rape the woman twice, documents state.

He then started masturbating and forced the woman to touch his genitals, according to police allegations.

The woman said she believed he ejaculated, after which he used towels to wipe off her leg and apologized, saying he was having family problems, charging documents state.

She told officers that her attacker might have been in her home once before, when she had other family members living there, police said.

Hanover Police have been working the case since then, and on Nov. 23 they received a report from a state police crime lab confirming that DNA collected from the scene is a match to Anderson's DNA, charging documents state.

In that case, he is charged with the felonies of attempted rape, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with an unconscious person, burglary and criminal trespass, plus the misdemeanor of indecent assault.

Taylor Tray Anderson Jr.

One hour, 2 alleged assaults: As police were still investigating the attempted rape, Anderson allegedly committed indecent acts against two other women within an hour of each other in Hanover, according to charging documents.

The first happened about 8:45 p.m. Sept. 21 at a home on Carlisle Street, police said.

The woman has an outdoor video security system and could see a man police later identified as Anderson peering into her home through a window, documents state. Her backyard is fully fenced, police said.

Anderson was standing at her back door holding his groin area when the woman opened the door, at which point Anderson told her in crude terms to come outside and perform oral sex on him, according to charging documents.

He jumped over the fence and ran off after the woman yelled at him to leave, according to police.

In that case, he's charged with the misdemeanors of indecent exposure, open lewdness and loitering and prowling at night, plus the summary offenses of defiant trespass and disorderly conduct.

Alleged groping: Less than an hour later, Anderson grabbed a woman on a public street and touched her genitals over her clothing, charging documents allege.

The woman told officers she passed by a man as she was walking in the 300 block of Franklin Street, and he tapped her on the shoulder and asked to borrow a lighter, police said.

She said she didn't have a lighter and kept walking, but later noticed the man — Anderson, police allege — following her onto West Park Avenue, then onto Carlisle Street.

She went into a convenience store, and Anderson went inside too, police said.

The woman left the store and had gotten back to West Park Avenue when Anderson grabbed her from behind, restraining her by wrapping his arms around her, according to charging documents.

He grabbed her arms and told her not to scream, documents allege.

Anderson then touched her genital area through her clothing with his hands, charging documents state.

He ran off when she screamed, police allege.

Police identified Anderson as the attacker after viewing security footage from the convenience store where he allegedly followed the woman, according to documents.

In that case, he is charged with the misdemeanors of indecent exposure by forcible compulsion and indecent assault without consent and the summary offenses of harassment and disorderly conduct.

Anderson's public defender, Eric Wayne White, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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