A 20-year-old Virginia man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Upper Main Line teen appeared in District Court Thursday morning and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
During the brief proceding Ashley Ryan Hareford said only two words in response to questions from Radnor District Court Judge David Lang.
Hareford, of Grottoes, Virginia, waived his right to hear evidence and witnesses in the case against him. He is being held on one million dollars cash bail on multiple felony charges including Involuntary Deviant Sexual Intercourse, Statutory Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault, Criminal Use of a Communication Facility, Aggravated Indecent Assault, Indecent Exposure and Corrupting the Morals of a Minor.
The case will now be sent up to Commonwealth Court in Media for trial. Hareford will next be scheduled for an arraignment in about four weeks.
He answered in very soft-voiced one word answers when questioned by the judge about his decision to waive the hearing and if he understood his rights.
Hareford was captured in Washington, DC on a Megabus from Philadelphia in December. He was found along with his alleged 13-year-old victim from Radnor after police got a tip the two were on the bus.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, Hareford confirmed what the 13 year old victim has told authorities about two sexual encounters between the two. The pair also spent a night outside in a wooded area near the King of Prussia Mall, according to police.
According to the affidavit of probable cause the teenager met Hareford in an online chat room. Police say the girl told officers she and Hareford had planned to run away together to her mother's home in South Carolina.