Dalton man accused of 2011 rape

First Posted: 2/22/2012

A Dalton resident accused of rape allegedly confessed to police that he knew the victim did not want to have sex with him and asked officers to deliver a written apology letter to her.

Conrad Gockley, of Dalton, faces charges of one count each of rape, indecent sexual intercourse, and sexual assault, and two counts of indecent assault for the alleged Oct. 31, 2011 incident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Gockley, the victim, and two of their friends returned to the victim’s Dunmore residence after a night of trick-or-treating. While at the home, Gockley allegedly sent a text message to the victim asking her to go upstairs. She replied no in another message, and he then asked her to show him where the bathroom was.

As Gockley was being led to the bathroom, he allegedly pushed the victim into her bedroom and “began to kiss her” and touch her inappropriately. He then allegedly assaulted the victim.

A forensic exam at Community Medical Center that evening “confirmed bruising… consistent with having been sexually assaulted.”

Dunmore Capt. William Springer interviewed Gockley, and he allegedly admitted to police that the victim rejected his advances on at least two occasions, including the night of the alleged assault. He told police he “wasn’t thinking clearly” on Oct. 31.

In a note that he asked police to deliver to the victim, Gockley allegedly wrote, “Can you ever forgive me? I know I did wrong.”

Gockley was arraigned on Feb. 15 and held for $75,000 bail. He is being held in the Lackawanna County Prison. All charges are pending, and a preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 24.

He was previously charged in March 2011 with the assault of a person under age 16, according to court records. He pleaded guilty in Sept. to one count each of aggravated indecent assault of a person under age 16 and corruption of minors and is awaiting sentencing.

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