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County man charged with raping teenager

By Gary Popp
Published in News on December 17, 2010 1:46 PM

Robert Aponick

A Mount Olive area man has been charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with second-degree rape involving a minor.

Robert Earl Aponick, 54, of 3255 Emmaus Church Road, was arrested Monday by deputies and placed under $200,000 secured bond in the Wayne County Jail.

The charge involves an incident reported to the Sheriff's Office in late October by the victim's family. The victim, a 13-year-old girl, and her family were known by the suspect.

The alleged incident is believed to have occurred at the victim's home.

Aponick's arrest follows a nearly two-month investigation that included forensic interviews.

Detectives said the investigation is still continuing and additional charges are possible.