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Elizabethtown Man Accused of Child Abuse Gets More Charges

Michael E. Dunk

An Elizabethtown man held in the Lancaster County Prison while awaiting trial on allegations that he sexually abused a girl around 2005 is now facing new allegations of abusing two other minors in 2018.

Michael E. Dunk, 53, who lived on West Willow Street between North Market and North Poplar streets before his arrest, is facing new charges in a criminal complaint filed Friday, Feb. 1. The most serious is the second-degree felony charge of aggravated indecent assault — complainant under 16 years of age.

Elizabethtown Police Detective Dustin H. Ryan wrote in a sworn statement filed in court that police got a call on Dec. 18, shortly after police announced the first charges against Dunk. The call was from a man who said his daughter had told him that Dunk had molested her and as well as a boy who was less than 13 years of age.

Ryan wrote that the girl and the boy were interviewed separately on Dec. 28 at the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance. The girl said she and the boy had visited Dunk in his home more than once in November and that he abused her both times. The boy said Dunk had abused both him and the girl, according to Ryan’s sworn statement.

Dunk is awaiting preliminary hearings on both the old charges and the new ones scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in magisterial district court in Elizabethtown.

The older charges included the first-degree felony of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child.

The Advocate contacted Dunk’s public defender, Daniel Evan Kaye, to invite him to comment for this article, but got no response by press time.

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