Former Erie man arraigned for allegedly raping boy in Canton

February 19, 2014

A former Erie man accused of raping a 5-year-old boy inside a Canton Township home more than a decade ago was arraigned Wednesday on charges including rape of a child.

Kevin James Mickle, 35, was arraigned via video before District Judge David Mark from Beaver County jail, where he is being held on unrelated charges including kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery.

Mickle was featured late last year in Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers after the Canton charges were filed against him by state police Trooper Thomas Kress. Mickle was being sought not only by state police but the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Task Force. Kress said he learned Tuesday that Mickle was picked up by police in Hopewell Township, Beaver County.

In addition to rape of a child, Mickle is charged by state police with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors stemming from the alleged assaults at a home in a Canton trailer park between December 2001 and December 2003.

The alleged victim, now 17, told police that Mickle took him from his mother when he was 5 and for two years regularly beat and raped him. The teen told police that Mickle would get drunk or high on drugs, beat him in the chest and arms with his fist, then order him to remove his clothes before raping him.

Kress said Mickle reportedly got into an altercation Friday with his girlfriend on Mill Street in Hopewell. He allegedly assaulted her and forced her to go to an automated teller machine and withdraw money. Hopewell police later found him walking along a road and took him into custody.

Mark set bond on the Washington County charges at $250,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Wednesday. A Beaver County district judge set a $100,000 bond for Mickle on the Hopewell charges.

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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