Man accused of raping teen girl

January 23, 2008 4:17:22 PM PST
A 33-year-old man from Lansdale has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The story won't end there, and tragically, it doesn't begin there either.

A family is outraged that despite vigorous objections from the Montgomery County D.A.'s office, an alleged child predator was let out of jail on low bail and is now accused of preying on another teenage girl.

The first victim's mother said through tears on Tuesday, "I know what I went through when I found out about my daughter. I can't imagine what this family is going through and when they find out this could've been prevented."

The woman says she had done all she could to make sure 33-year-old Ronald McDade of Lansdale, didn't get out of jail after he allegedly tried to lure her 15-year-old daughter into his car and kidnap her. She says last September her daughter was walking home from work in Towamencin when McDade drove up to her in an alley.

She says, "He asked her is she wanted to watch ? him (masturbate). He was fiddling with his belt." Police say he then asked the girl if she wanted a ride, but instead she ran to where her boss was smoking a cigarette. He called police. Officers later arrested McDade who claimed all he was doing was talking to the girl.

At his preliminary hearing before district justice David Keightly, authorities played an audio tape of something McDade purportedly said while he was in jail.

The victim's mother tells us he said, "That if he's 'Gonna sit in jail for talking to a girl ? When I get out I might as well rape a girl.' And the judge just said, 'You know, it's not, he just said that out of anger.'"

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Furman says despite a vigorous protest from her office, Keightly set McDade's bail at $25,000. The D.A.'s office protested to Judge Paul Tressler who raised the bail to $100,000, but McDade got a lawyer who brought in character witnesses, convincing Tressler to lower the bail back to $25,000.

McDade walked, and over the weekend was arrested again after he allegedly raped and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old Lansdale girl.

There's another chapter to this story. McDade is to appear before Judge Tressler again Monday morning in a motion to be released. He is claiming that the public defender in his preliminary hearing didn't know what he was doing.