SEVEN SPRINGS BOROUGH (KDKA) — A Johnstown man is facing charges after an alleged sexual assault at a local ski resort.
Anthony Raco, 19, is facing involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and unlawful restraint charges in connection with an incident on Feb. 23 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Police say Raco met the 16-year old victim in the lodge while she was getting food with some friends. They exchanged phone numbers and things progressed from there.
Raco convinced the victim to meet him at his car so that he could get his boots. Once there, he drove her to a secluded area and offered her money and marijuana to perform a sex act. The victim repeatedly said no, but Raco allegedly persisted.
He was arrested after the victim told police what happened.
Seven Springs Spokesperson Anna Weltz told KDKA-TV that she couldn’t comment on the specifics of a pending legal case, but said, “This is an isolated incident involving one individual. We thank the Pennsylvania State Police for their swift apprehension of the suspect and their active partnership with our resort security team. Seven Springs Mountain Resort will continue to provide a safe, fun family environment for our guests.”
State police say that while this was an unfortunate incident, it could have happened to anyone, anywhere. They are hoping this will be a reminder to all teenage girls that you can’t trust everyone you meet.
Raco was taken to the Somerset County Jail and released after posting $10,000 bond.