Published Date Written by Dan Miller
A Middletown man charged by police with allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 1 was arrested in Lancaster on Sunday, Dec. 14 after fleeing his home with his two sons, authorities said.
William Scott Allison, 51, of the 100 block of Spring St., was held in Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bond. He is charged with criminal attempt – rape, criminal attempt – involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16, aggravated indecent assault of someone under the age of 16, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.
A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, Dec. 23 before District Judge David Judy. Middletown police were about to arrest Allison at his home on Friday, Dec. 12, when he fled the residence with his two sons, ages 8 and 13, police said.
Authorities said Allison had custody of the two boys even though he had pleaded guilty to statutory rape in 1993 and indecent assault in 2007, according to court records.
While the state Megan’s Law Web site lists 17 sexual offenders with a Middletown address, Allison is not among them. His 1993 statutory rape conviction came before Megan’s Law took effect in Pennsylvania in 1996, while the 2007 conviction was pleaded down to a misdemeanor, according to court records. Megan’s Law has since been amended to include misdemeanor indecent assault, but that change came after Allison’s 2007 conviction for the offense, said Trooper Adam Reed, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police.
Allison fled after he apparently learned that he was a suspect in the rape case, according to a press release posted on Middletown Borough’s Web site.
Allison apparently fled the house in a hurry, judging by the unprepared food that police found on the kitchen table, according to Chris Courogen, the borough’s spokesman.
The borough put out a Nixle alert shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday informing residents that police were looking for a man in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old. By this time the borough had also sent a press release and photos of Allison and his two children to area media, including the Press And Journal.
Sometime after Allison fled, police were alerted to a “ping” on his cell phone that indicated he was in Dover, York County, authorities said. Later Sunday, Allison was arrested by Lancaster police.
Details about how Allison was captured have not been released. However, the alleged victim and her mother reside in Lancaster, according to police sources.
The alleged rape occurred in August but did not come to light until early December when police interviewed a school resource officer, according to Middletown police.
The alleged rape occurred when the victim and her mother were staying with Allison in Middletown, police said. However, police allege that incidents between Allison and the girl occurred both in Middletown and in Lancaster.
Following the initial interview with the school resource officer, a more detailed interview was done of the alleged victim by both Middletown and Lancaster police, and by officials with county Children and Youth Services, authorities said. The warrant for Allison’s arrest was issued after this follow-up interview, according to police.
According to Pennsylvania county court records posted online, a William Scott Allison with the same birth date was arrested in York County and pleaded guilty on July 16, 1993, to statutory rape. He was sentenced to 3-1/2 to 7 years in state prison.
In 2006, Allison was arrested by Lower Swatara Twp. police and charged with rape and related offenses for an offense that allegedly occurred on Aug. 27, 2006. Allison pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2007 to a misdemeanor count of indecent assault and was sentenced to one month to a year in Dauphin County Prison, court records show. Records indicate he was released in November 2008 after serving just under 11 months.