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Youth leader facing more child sex assault charges

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An Enola man who was a volunteer youth leader at a Dauphin County church has been charged with additional counts of child sexual abuse.

Joshua Mitchell Markelwitz, 26, is now accused of having a year-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to court documents.

He initially was arrested November 30 on allegations he sexually abused a 15-year-old girl in her home, in his car, and at the Charlton United Methodist Church where he was a volunteer youth leader.

According to the criminal complaint, Markelwitz had sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old on numerous occasions, used his cell phone to record a sexual act with her, sent her at least one nude photograph of himself, and provided her with alcoholic beverages.

The additional charges include felony counts of photographing sexual acts with a child and unlawful contact with a minor, plus two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

He was arraigned on the charges December 14 and sent to Dauphin County Prison on $100,000 cash bail.

Markelwitz was being held in the prison on $750,000 cash bail following his November arrest, when he was charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, indecent exposure, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors, and disseminating photo/film of child sex acts.

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