BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) -- A Philadelphia-area man already charged with trading a tattoo for sex with an underage girl and sexually assaulting more than a dozen children is now facing additional charges.
Thirty-five-year-old Walter Meyerle was arraigned Wednesday on charges related to the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl starting in 2000.
Meyerle was charged last year with sexual assaults on 14 children and 2 adults over a 13-year span.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports that prosecutors have asked the court to combine Meyerle's sex cases with charges related to an attempt to break out of prison.
Defense attorney Kevin Wray tells The Associated Press that he has questions about statements made to police and believes investigators failed to attempt to gather necessary physical evidence. Wray says his client steadfastly denies wrongdoing.