Lancaster man accused of raping a child

LANCASTER COUNTY — A 46-year-old Lancaster man already on probation for the drowning death of his three-year-old daughter has been charged with rape of a child and related offenses stemming from a lengthy police investigation into allegations of abuse, according to Manheim Township Police.

Geoffrey Aaron Bussard is also charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated sexual assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, and endangering the welfare of a child, police say.

Bussard pleaded guilty on February 11 to endangering the welfare of a child in connection with his three-year-old daughter’s drowning death. He plead guilty in exchange for a five-year probation term.

The alleged abuse occurred over the course of seven years, and include numerous forms of abuse, according to police.

Bussard was taken into custody on Feb. 14, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David P. Miller, and remanded to Lancaster County Prison on $250,000 bail to await his preliminary hearing.

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