Mount Pleasant police officer arrested on attempted rape, other charges

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — A Mount Pleasant police officer has been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on charges, including attempted rape and assault, Channel 11's Melanie Gillespie reports.




According to a criminal complaint, investigators said John Brown tried to force the victim into having sex. The victim told police that Brown choked her and struck her in the face several times.


Gillespie spoke with a friend of the victim who she confided in the day after the alleged assault.

“I saw a black eye, and I saw some red marks on her, her facial area and neck,” the unidentified friend said.

The victim told investigators that Brown choked her and hit her in the face when she refused his advances the night of Dec. 3 at Brown’s house on Rock Canyon Road in Donegal Township.

"He became physical with her. He choked her, struck her and was very insistent upon having sexual relations between the two of them,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Steve Limani said.

Police said when two other friends showed up at Brown’s home, she told them what happened and begged them to help her, saying “Please don't leave me. Get me out of here,” the criminal complaint said.

"They noticed she was very alarmed and distressed and had some redness around her neck and redness on her arms,” Limani said.

Brown was taken to jail Friday on $150,000 bail, state police said.

In addition to attempted rape, he is charged with aggravated assault, indecent assault and simple assault.

The Mount Pleasant police chief said Brown, who became an officer for the department last May, will remain suspended without pay, pending an investigation.