OIL CITY – An accused child rapist is free on bail after a nearly 22-month long investigation by Oil City Police. Thirty-four-year-old Aaron James Cole will appear for a preliminary hearing later this month. His charges include Rape of a minor, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Unlawful Contact With a Minor, and other related sex offenses.
The felony charges were filed and an arrest warrant obtained after an investigation into Cole’s alleged sex acts with an 11-year-old boy over a decade ago.
The child was injured at the time and was treated at a hospital in Mercer County. These alleged acts occurred in February of 2001, while the defendant was living in Oil City.
These are first degree felony charges. Oil City Police tell us they carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a 25-thousand dollar fine.
Cole posted 25-thousand dollars bail after his arraignment and is scheduled to appear in court again March 26th.