Eddie Jo Dean Spears, 27, of Lehigh, is accused of child rape

Eddie Jo Dean Spears, 27, of Lehigh, is accused of child rape. The 12-year-old girl confided in a school counselor that she was raped while home alone sick from school.
BY ANN KELLEY akelley@opubco.com Published: May 24, 2011
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— A Coal County man is accused of raping a child while the girl was home alone sick from school.

Eddie Jo Dean Spears, 27, of Lehigh, faces a first-degree rape charge in Coal County District Court. Spears appeared in court Monday and his bail was set at $100,000.

The 12-year-old girl confided in a school counselor that Spears raped her while she was home alone on May 10, according to a court affidavit.

The girl told investigators Spears' wife picked her up from school and took her home because she was sick.

Later that day, Spears knocked on the girl's door and wanted in the house to retrieve a car part from her father's closet, the girl said.

The girl said Spears lured her into the bedroom, pushed her down on the bed and sexually assaulted her, according to court records.

Spears is a friend of the girls' parents, and her parents are cooperating with investigators, District Attorney Emily Redman said.

If convicted, Spears could face five years to life in prison, Redman said.


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