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Abduction suspect facing new charges, waives hearing

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Walking into a district court for his preliminary hearing, Clarence Shaffer didn't want to say much Monday except to mutter a quick apology, telling a group of reporters, "I'm sorry."

Shaffer, who was arrested for abducting a Harrisburg Area Community College student at gunpoint and then sexually assaulting her, waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The judge also revoked his bail, calling him a "danger" to society.

Three more assault charges related to the December 3 attack were also filed against him. Aggravated assault without consent, indecent assault without consent, and indecent assault threat forcible compulsion were the additional charges listed on court paperwork.

Investigators said after speaking with the victim and District Attorney Dave Freed, it was decided that the attack was so violent that the additional charges were appropriate.

Shaffer had been in and out of state prison in months leading up to the incident. He was released from the Camp Hill state prison just four days before the attack. Police say they hope these charges will be prosecuted to the fullest.

"The court system could not keep him in jail and as a result of what occurred, hopefully he will not be out of jail again to do this to another victim," said Chief Todd Basehore of the East Pennsboro Police Department.

However, before the case will be scheduled for trial, a new case against Shaffer has been opened.  After waiving his preliminary hearing, Shaffer was escorted to the East Pennsboro Police Department for questioning by Steelton Borough police investigators.

Investigators said Shaffer confessed to an October 21 burglary at the Divine Light Bookstore in Steelton. The burglary was committed while Shaffer was briefly out of prison. Police said charges would likely be filed by the end of this week.

Shaffer is due back in court for a formal arraignment March 28.

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