Francis Batista of Allentown charged with child rape

Nineteen-year-old Allentown man has been jailed

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Published: Nov 04 2013 03:55:59 PM EST
Lehigh County Prison in Allentown
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Nineteen-year-old Francis Baez Batista of Allentown has been charged with raping a child under 13 years old.

In addtion to rape, Batista has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault and indecent assault.

Allentown police report the incidents occurred on various dates between 2010 and last month at two different locations in the city. They began when the child was nine years old.

The suspect admitted to police that he had "various sexual encounters" with the child for the past three years, according to the criminal complaint.

After being arraigned Sunday, Batista was committed to Lehigh County Prison,  with bail set at $50,000.