Police charge high school janitor in sexual assualt of student
A Middletown man who admitted to having sexual relations with a teenage runaway is being held in Dauphin County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail following his arrest on sexual assault charges.
Elijah Drew Trump, 25, of the 100 block of Spring Street in Middletown, was arrested Tuesday after police said he confessed to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl who is a student at Middletown Area High School. Trump worked at the school as a janitor, police said.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed when Trump was charged, police went to the school to interview Trump after finding his phone number on the girl’s cell phone, which her mother had confiscated Friday prior to her running away.
Police said Trump first tried to tell them he just knew the girl from he being a student at the school where he worked. He later admitted having the girl over to his house after he got off work Friday evening, initially saying they did nothing more than hug. Trump subsequently admitted to police the two had sex three times. In a later interview, the girl also confirmed the two had been sexually involved.
Trump is facing charges of Institutional Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact With a Minor - Sexual Offenses, and Corruption of Minors. Police also charged Trump with Tampering with Evidence after learning he had encouraged the girl to delete all evidence of their contact from her phone.
Trump was arraigned in front of District Judge Raymond F. Shugars in Dauphin County Night Court and remanded to Dauphin County Prison when he was unable to post bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges at 9 a.m., October 30, in front of District Judge David H. Judy.