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DA: Shaffer recently released from prison for similar assault

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Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed said Clarence Shaffer had been released from the Camp Hill state prison just four days before he allegedly abducted a HACC student and sexually assaulting her.

Freed said Shaffer just finished serving a sentence for a very similar crime that was committed in the 1990's. Freed knows the case well because he prosecuted it.

According to Freed, a young woman was abducted at gunpoint on the campus of Central Pennsylvania College in Summerdale in 1995 by Shaffer, who also attempted to sexually assault her.

Freed said Shaffer was sentenced to 4-14 years in state prison. He was paroled in 2003 and then recommitted from 2006 until 2011, recommitted again and then released November 28.

"It's scary that mere days after his release he's alleged to have committed these acts that are very similar to the act that was committed back in 1995," Freed said Tuesday afternoon.

Freed said his office will be prosecuting the new charges. Although the abduction happened in Dauphin County, the alleged sexual assault happened in Cumberland County.  Freed said he and officials from Dauphin County made the decision.

Because Shaffer has been charged with committing a crime very similar to the one he's already convicted of, Freed said Shaffer will face stricter penalties, possibly even life in prison.

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