A Pennsylvania teen has been charged in the rape and beating of a retired nun in the parking lot of a Roman Catholic church.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Andrew Bullock, 18, of Aliquippa confronted the unidentified, 70-year-old nun Friday outside St. Titus Church, located near Pittsburgh.
Bullock reportedly asked the nun if she needed help, then flashed her after she declined his assistance and thanked him for his concern. Bullock then grabbed the nun’s neck, choked and punched her, according to police. Then, he reportedly raped her.
“The first thing you notice when you look up where this horrific act occurred is the statue of the Virgin Mary looking down,” Dan Couch, assistant Aliquippa police chief, told KDKA Channel 2.
Police told The Post-Gazette the nun could not speak when they first arrived because of a dislocated lower jaw, but managed to write down on a piece of paper that she had been raped. She was reportedly taken to a local hospital, where she was able to speak with police before surgeons worked to fix her jaw.
Authorities found Bullock through a description, as well as a shoe imprint he left in the snow.
The Post-Gazette writes “the tread pattern, size and width of his boots were similar to a footprint,” found at the scene of the attack. Then -- after questioning -- Bullock reportedly confessed to officers what he had done.
A judge later ordered Bullock held in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of felony rape, aggravated assault, sexual assault, as well as a raft of other, misdemeanor charges, according to court documented cited by the Post-Gazette.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the assault of one of our Sisters,” a statement from the order reportedly said. “As we offer continued prayers of healing for our Sister, we also pray for the young man who has been arrested in the assault.”
The order said the victim is a, “a passionate advocate of nonviolence, peace and justice, and each month she conducts a prayer vigil for peace in the chapel of our Motherhouse.”