Charges dropped against Sunbury man accused of rape
SUNBURY — Some charges have been dropped against a Sunbury man accused of raping his ex-girlfriend. The News Item reports 34-year-old Benjamin Scheller was released on time-served after he was sentenced to nine months in prison Monday on charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and simple assault. Felony charges of rape, sexual assault and other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Scheller was sent to prison after he was accused of pulling a gun on his ex-girlfriend November 27th of 2011 and tying the woman to a chair to sexually assault her. The incident took place at the victim’s home in Point Township. Scheller was released on $1.00 bail in December of 2012, after prosecutors failed to bring his case to trial within six months of his arrest.
The alleged rape victim in the case was also found to be in a romantic relationship with Point Township officer Wade Lytle, who arrested Scheller. Lytle was terminated by Point Township Supervisors in November. (Ali Stevens)