Bradford man jailed for sexual assault, meth operation

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A Bradford man is in McKean County Jail for allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage girl and had the girl transport methamphetamine and keep a handgun for him.

Daniel J. Roach, 44, was arraigned Sunday night before District Judge William Todd and committed to jail in lieu of a total of $305,000 bail. There are 242 charges total against Roach for two separate criminal cases.

Bradford City Police reported that they, along with multiple other agencies, worked together to investigate the case and arrest Roach. Roach was taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

In one case, he is charged with 30 counts of statutory sexual assault-more than 11 years older, first-degree felonies; 30 counts each of solicitation of minors to traffic drugs, aggravated indecent assault-complaintant less than 16 and incest of minor, all second-degree felonies; 30 counts of corruption of minors and one count of possession of firearm by a minor, third-degree felonies; 30 counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, felonies; 30 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree misdemeanors; and 30 counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16, second-degree misdemeanors.

In the second case, he faces one charge of possession of meth, a misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint in the first case outlines the allegations against Roach, which started in 2016 and continued into 2019.

The complaint states that in 2016 Roach was released from incarceration and was dealing meth and other drugs from his Pleasant Street, Bradford, apartment. When the girl was about 12 years, Roach asked her if she wanted to try meth, so she did.

Roach allegedly began to supply meth to her regularly, and she became addicted. One day, while the pair was using meth, he brought up the idea of the two of them having sexual intercourse, and their relationship became sexual at that point, the complaint stated.

Court records indicated that Roach also had the girl help with his meth operation, taking her with him to Erie to pick up the drug, then having her hide the drugs in her bra while they traveled back to Bradford.

In Bradford, he had her weigh and package meth for him, as well as sell it for him, according to court records. Additionally, on one occasion Roach allegedly tasked the girl with holding onto a handgun that he bought that he was trying to sell.

According to the criminal complaint in the second case, when police arrested Roach on Sunday for the above allegations, they found that he was in possession of about 7.5 grams of meth. Police searched him at the Bradford City Police Station after the arrest.

A preliminary hearing for the new charges is set for Nov. 4.

Bradford City Police ask that anyone with further information about the case report it to them by calling 814-887-4911.

Roach has at least three other active criminal cases, too.

In one case, he is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in McKean County for a single charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use.

In another McKean County case, Roach has asked for a jury trial for misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, interference with the custody of children and disorderly conduct. The complaint in that case alleges that he made death threats when Children and Youth Services and police officers were trying to find a child for whom there was an emergency custody order.

In Venango County, Roach pleaded not guilty on Sept. 4 for felony charges of endangering the welfare of children and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor charges of corruption of minors, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In October 2019, Bradford City Police arrested Roach on a warrant out of Oil City, Venango County. Police alleged at the time that Roach delivered meth that was smuggled into a facility called Pathways Adolescent Center and given to minors.

No trial date is set for any of the cases.

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