By Ross Guidotti

MT. PLEASANT (KDKA) — A retired state trooper will stand trial on charges he had sex with a 13-year-old girl.

James Boggs, 50, is accused of sexually molesting the girl in January of last year. Investigators say Boggs, who retired in 2011, had sex with the girl and exchanged sexually explicit pictures and videos with her on social media.

His preliminary hearing was to be Thursday.

“We waived the preliminary hearing, there’s no negotiated plea,” said Boggs’ defense attorney, Amy Keim.

The retired state trooper faces multiple felony counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, all outlined in a graphic and disturbing criminal complaint. Some of the alleged activity occurred at a rest stop on Route 18 near Exit 67 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“It’s the first stage of the criminal process,” Keim said. “We don’t know a lot yet.”

The victim was at the preliminary hearing today. At no point were Boggs and the victim in the same room at the same time. Boggs, meanwhile, remains free on a $50,000 bond.

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