Man charged with rap­ing 14-year-old

Souderton Independent - - NEWS - By Bob Keeler

Charges that a 45-year-old Soud­er­ton man raped a 14-year-old girl were held for court fol­low­ing a Sept. 13 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, on­line court records show.

Michael Cardillo, of Green Street, was taken to Mont­gomery County Prison with bail set at $50,000 fol­low­ing the hear­ing be­fore Dis­trict Judge Ken­neth Deatel­hauser, Soud­er­ton, ac­cord­ing to the in­for­ma­tion.

Cardillo is ac­cused of rape, statu­tory sex­ual as­sault, sex­ual as­sault, cor­rup­tion of mi­nors, in­de­cent as­sault, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub- stance, pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, fur­nish­ing liquor to a mi­nor and pro­vid­ing tobacco to a mi­nor.

$FFRRGLQJ WR WKH DI­fiGDYLW RI prob­a­ble cause, the girl, who lives LQ HDW­fiHOG, WROG SROLFH LQ $SRLO that Cardillo, a fam­ily friend, had given her cig­a­rettes in Septem­ber of 2011, then placed his hands on her but­tocks dur­ing a party in Oc­to­ber of that year. In March 2012, she said, he gave her two beers and they smoked “sev­eral bowls” of marijuana at his home. While sleep­ing on a couch at his home, she said, she was awak­ened by Cardillo be­ing on top of her and he raped her, ac­cord­ing WR WKH DI­fiGDYLW.

When Cardillo was in­ter­viewed, DFFRRGLQJ WR WKH DI­fiGDYLW, KH VDLG KH had given the girl cig­a­rettes in the past and gave her “a sip” of beer at his home, but said it had been more than six months since he had marijuana at his home and that he uses rolling pa­pers, not bowls, to smoke marijuana.

The girl’s aunt said her niece told her some­time be­tween Jan­uary and March that Cardillo had made ad­vances to her and, in May, said that he had raped her three or four weeks EHIRRH, DFFRRGLQJ WR WKH DI­fiGDYLW.

Cardillo’s for­mal ar­raign­ment in Nor­ris­town is sched­uled for Oct. 24, ac­cord­ing to the on­line records.

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