A man being held on more than 1,000 charges related to the alleged rape of a child faces additional witness intimidation charges, while his brother faces counts for drugs found on his person when police tried to question him concerning the matter.
Separate affidavits of probable cause were filed Wednesday against Mark and Michael Chittester.
Mark Chittester faces counts of violating the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetics Act in St. Marys Magisterial District Court 59-3-03. His brother, Michael Chittester, faces charges over attempts to intimidate a girl he is alleged to have raped in Johnsonburg Magisterial District Court 59-3-02.
According to the affidavit filed against Michael Chittester, he called his brother from the Elk County Prison five times on Oct. 17 and talked to him about “getting the victim alone, so that he could try to get the victim to change her story.” Following the conversations, Mark Chittester is alleged to have contacted the victim’s mother on Facebook and by text message about seeing the girl.
Michael Chittester is being held on 200 counts of rape, 400 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 200 counts of aggravated indecent assault, 200 counts of indecent exposure and a count of corruption of minors after allegedly forcing a girl to perform sexual acts on him over a period of four years.
Chittester, 26, of 3403 Grant Rd., Ridgway, was arraigned on the charges Oct. 10 and a preliminary hearing was held before District Judge James Martin Oct. 31. He is currently being held on $150,000 bail. A formal arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas is set at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Elk County Courthouse.
Michael Chittester’s preliminary hearing for felony charges filed Thursday of intimidation of witnesses or victims and criminal use of a communications facility is scheduled at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 before Martin.
Mark Chittester waived four felony counts of intimidation of witnesses or victims and five felony charges of criminal use of a communications facility to Commonwealth Court Wednesday. A formal arraignment is scheduled at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Elk County Courthouse.
Mark Chittester, 25, of 425 Poplar St., Kane, faces additional charges filed Thursday of felony manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor use/possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Pennsylvania State Police served an arrest warrant on Mark Chittester on Oct. 23 at Nick’s Tobacco Outlet in St. Marys. During the arrest, he was allegedly found to have a pink plastic barrel pen in his pocket with white residue inside. While being transported from his arraignment on the witness intimidation charges to the Elk County Prison, Mark Chittester allegedly told police he had three to four grams of methamphetamine in the backpack he was wearing at the time of his arrest. Upon searching the backpack, police say they found a Crown Royal bag with 14 empty plastic baggies, a silver digital scale, a glass pipe, another small plastic bag with white crystals in it and a green bag with larger crystals in it.
Mark Chittester is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 4 before District Judge Mark Jacob.