Mercer Man, Son Accused of Molestation

A father and son from Mercer have been charged with molesting a girl who is unable to speak because she has cerebral palsy.

Christopher Atkinson, 60, and Aaron Atkinson, 22, live together in Mercer, where the incidents allegedly occurred, according to police. Investigators said the incidents allegedly occurred from January 2010 through November while the girl, who was as young as 13 during some of the abuse, was in their car.

Pennsylvania State police said the girl recently moved to Texas, where she reported the allegations to a family member. Police said the girl communicates using an iPad Touch.

Child advocates in Texas passed on the information to Pennsylvania State Police, who filed charges Tuesday.

The Atkinsons face a preliminary hearing May 20 on indecent assault and related charges.

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