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New Jersey man charged with raping teenager in his care

Police said he was babysitting the 13-year-old boy

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A 44-year-old New Jersey man is facing rape charges for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old boy in his care.

Allentown police charged Wayne G. Holmes with rape, sex assault, statutory sex assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, all felonies, in connection to the alleged attack that occurred Saturday night. He also faces a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person younger than 16. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned Holmes late Sunday morning, setting bail at $150,000.

Authorities said Holmes, of Paterson, N.J., was babysitting the teenager Saturday night at a home in Allentown, when he sexually assaulted the boy, according to court records. After reporting the attack, the victim told police that he told Holmes to stop, but he didn’t, according to records.

Holmes allegedly called the city communication center on Sunday to report that police were looking for him and that he was at a North Sixth Street home. Authorities interviewed Holmes later that day, and he allegedly admitted to the rape.

Holmes failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 28.

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