Chartiers Twp. couple to stand trial on sex assault charges

September 3, 2014
Kimberly Campbell and Gary Bates are escorted back to jail after their hearing in Washington County Court Wednesday. - Jim McNutt / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

A Chartiers Township couple accused of sexually assaulting three teenagers in their home earlier this year were ordered to stand trial following their preliminary hearing Wednesday in Central Court.

Gary Bates, 43, of 611 Railroad St., faces charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors

His girlfriend, Kimberly Louise Campbell, 37, also of 611 Railroad St., faces charges including corruption of minors and conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and indecent assault.

The alleged victims included a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl, who is now 17, and a 19-year-old woman, who since turned 20.

All three testified they were in a second-floor bedroom when they were reportedly sexually assaulted by Bates. Campbell also was present in the room, although none of the alleged victims said she participated with Bates. All three also said they did not ask her for assistance in stopping him.

The 17-year-old girl testified she did not ask Campbell for help “because I thought she should have done it on her own.”

The 20-year-old, almost nine months pregnant at the time of the alleged assault in June, said she was given a soft drink mixed with alcohol. The 17-year-old said she also was given a drink that tasted “weird.”

Glenn Alterio, chief public defender who represented Campbell, told District Judge Ethan Ward there was no evidence presented that showed she participated in the alleged assaults.

“Just because she is there, doesn’t mean she conspired,” Alterio argued.

Campbell was taken into custody July 31 when township police detectives served an arrest warrant. Bates, however, apparently stabbed himself as police township police went to arrest him, telling them he “fell on his blade.” He was arraigned Aug. 13 after he was released from the hospital.

The couple remain in Washington County jail on $300,000 bond. Ward turned down requests by Alterio and Molly Maguire Gaussa, a conflict attorney representing Bates, for a bond reduction.

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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