Man charged with threatening, raping teen

December 3, 2012

A Johnstown man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly threatened and then raped a 16-year-old girl earlier this year.

Victor Eugene Pulgar, 32, is accused of having contact with the girl from May through July, when he allegedly raped her at the Elco ballfields.

The girl’s parents contacted Roscoe-Elco-Stockdale-Allenport regional police after learning of the alleged assault.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told police she met Pulgar through an online dating site in May. He reportedly told her that he was 23 years old and from Johnstown. She met him in person when he came to her home.

After a few weeks, she told police she started not to trust him. He reportedly told her he would harm any of her male friends if she hung out with them. Pulgar allegedly obtained her password to her Facebook account and sent her friends messages.

Pulgar reportedly asked her to send him photographs of herself while she was either wearing only underwear or naked. Pulgar reportedly threatened to post the photographs she sent him on Facebook. He also allegedly threatened to harm her family and friends. Police said he also sent her nude photographs of himself.

The girl told police she tried to end the relationship, but Pulgar wouldn’t let her. The two went to the ball field late one night because she wanted to talk with him about ending their relationship, and he reportedly raped her.

Pulgar was arraigned before District Judge Gary Havelka on charges of rape, sexual assault, terroristic threats, indecent assault, open lewdness, harassment and four counts of sexual abuse of a child. He was placed in the Washington County jail on $50,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Central Court.

Pulgar also faces charges in Cambria County of selling obscene or sexual materials, coercing or threatening to expose a secret and harassment by communication using lewd or threatening language. He was arrested by state police in Greensburg stemming from a May 28 incident.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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