Man jailed on charges he raped disabled girl

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A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he repeatedly raped and had sexual contact with a mentally disabled 16-year-old girl whose family tells police she has the mentality of a 3-year-old.

Summerhill Township police have charged 45-year-old David Eugene Carman Jr. with several counts of rape of a mentally disabled person, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, and other crimes.

According to police, Carman told investigators he was aware of the girl's mental limitations "and stated that he knew it was wrong but did not force her" to have sex.

Investigators said the man was friends with the girl's family and developed a sexual relationship with her while helping her with school work.

He faces a preliminary hearing Thursday.