Teen charged with raping elderly nun outside Pennsylvania convent
PHILADELPHIA – A teenager has been arrested on charges of raping an 85-year-old nun in the snow-covered parking lot of a church in the small, industrial town of Aliquippa, northwest of Pittsburgh, police said on Sunday.
Andrew Bullock, 18, is accused of confronting the nun late Friday morning as she was throwing books into a recycling bin, first exposing himself to her, then knocking her to the ground and sexually assaulting her.
The attack took place beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary at the convent at St. Titus Catholic Church, said Don Couch, the western Pennsylvania town’s assistant police chief.
Bullock, who Couch described as a “loner,” was arrested later the same day and was being held in the Beaver County jail awaiting a court hearing. Couch said he did not know if the defendant was represented by an attorney.
Barbara Hecht, a spokeswoman for the Sisters of St. Joseph, the order to which the nun belonged, said the woman had suffered a dislocated jaw and was released from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“Sister is a passionate advocate of nonviolence, peace and justice, and each month she conducts a prayer vigil for peace in the chapel of our Motherhouse,” said a statement from Sister Mary Pellegrino of the order.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph are deeply saddened and heart-broken by the assault of one of our sisters,” the statement said.
Andrew Bullock covers his face as he leaves his arraignment Friday night.
A Pennsylvania teen was arrested Friday after he allegedly attacked and raped a 70-year-old nun in a church parking lot, authorities said.
Andrew Bullock, 18, admitted to assaulting the elderly victim, police told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was arraigned Friday night and faces at least 10 charges including felony rape, aggravated assault and sexual
Andrew Bullock was arrested after investigators matched his boots to footprints found in the snow by the scene.
The nun was walking in the parking lot of St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pa., around 11:30 a.m. on Friday morning when a man came up to her from behind. He asked her if she needed help before exposing himself and the grabbing her neck and choking her on the ground.
Police said the attacker also punched and sexually assaulted her.
A 70-year-old nun is recovering after she was physically and sexually assaulted in a church parking lot.
The nun’s injuries left her unable to speak when police arrived, so she wrote on a piece of paper that she had been assaulted, the Post-Gazette reported.
The victim, who is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, suffered a broken jaw and was treated at Allegheny General Hospital, according to KDKA. She is reportedly in stable condition.
Investigators said they were able to match the soles of Bullock’s shoes with a footprint found in the snow at the scene of the attack.