Upper Allen woman headed to trial in child rape case

Paden Tennant (submitted)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Cumberland County woman is headed to trial on allegations she had sex with a young boy for more than three years.

Paden A. Tennant, 22, of Upper Allen Township, waived her preliminary hearing Friday, according to court records.

By waiving the hearing, she does not admit guilt, but allows charges to proceed to Cumberland County court. She is charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.

In a criminal complaint, police allege Tennant began having sex with the boy in January 2012 when he was 12 years old and she was 19, and that the sex continued until June, when he was 15.

Under Pennsylvania law, a person commits the offense of rape of a child when they engage in sex with a child younger than 13.

She worked as an aide at a child care center, the Mechanicsburg Learning Center, but is not accused of any wrongdoing involving students. Administrators said she was fired immediately when they learned of the allegations.

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