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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Md. man charged in rape at Pa. off-campus party

CALIFORNIA, Pa. — A Maryland man jailed on charges that he raped a California University of Pennsylvania student at an off-campus party is a student at another state-owned school, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 26-year-old Harold Stanback, of Capitol Heights, Md.

He was arrested Sunday by Southwest Regional Police on rape and other charges. Stanback attacked the woman while dancing with her about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at a house party in nearby Coal Center, police said.

Police Chief John Hartman said Stanback allegedly removed the 18-year-old woman’s tights during the attack. There were others around at the time, but the chief said the room was dark when the alleged attack occurred.

The woman left the party and reported the incident when she returned to her dorm and police later learned the man — whose full name she didn’t know then — had been on the California campus for a basketball game.

The woman identified Stanback from a campus surveillance video, and police were able to trace him back to the home where the attack occurred. Stanback was arrested there about 1 p.m. Sunday and remained in the Washington County Jail on Monday, unable to post $50,000 bail.

IUP spokeswoman Michelle Fryling said Stanback remains a student, but that officials have begun “appropriate judicial proceedings” against him based on the charges he faces.

The schools are about 60 miles apart, with California located about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh and IUP about 40 miles northeast of the city.

By the Associated Press  |  03:59 PM ET, 12/05/2011

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