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Rape charge against Middletown man held for court

A district judge sent rape and assault charges against a Middletown man to Dauphin County Court for a possible trial.

Charges against Paul E. Billow Jr., 69, of the 400 block of S. Wood St., were held for county court following a preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy on Sept. 10, according to court records.

Billow is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault with someone less than 13 years of age, illegal contact with a minor, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and aggravated indecent assault of a child. He was freed from Dauphin County Prison after posting $200,000 bail.

According to a criminal complaint Middletown police filed at the time of Billow's arrest on April 4, Billow first molested the girl on New Year's Day in 2006 when she was 4 years old. The alleged molestation continued through the end of 2010, according to police.

An arraignment is set for Friday, Oct. 31 before Dauphin County Judge Richard A. Lewis.