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DA: man charged with child rape prompted investigation himself

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The man accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl over the past several months made the initial call that prompted the investigation, according to Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed.

Freed said 63-year-old Steven Brungard called Children and Youth Services to report that he believed the girl was being sexually abused by another child, which police say they later found to be false.

"Contact had either been cut off or curtailed between he and the victim and, I think, that based on what he was doing he sensed that that could mean that he might be discovered," Freed said in a Monday morning press conference. "It appears to me based on our investigation that the referrals were an attempt to ultimately create a defense."

Brungard could be facing a maximum of 25 years in prison because of a previous statutory rape conviction from 1980, Freed said.

Freed also said Brungard posted an ad on Craigslist in which he bragged about his sexual experience and offered to take care of a young woman.

"He certainly wanted his house to be a place where children could gather," Freed said. "When we went in with a search warrant there were children's toys, plush toys, boxes of candy , he would have children in to take care of his pets."

Anyone who knows of other children who may have had contact with Brungard is asked to contact East Pennsboro Police Department at 732-3633 or through a private message on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EastPennsboroPD).

Police say Brungard admitted that he'd been involved in a sexual relationship with the 10-year-old girl, which involved him paying her cash in exchange for sexual favors.

"This defendant would purchase clothing that the child wanted. He would giver her these outfits if she would do certain things for him. That progressed to paying her for sexual acts," Freed said. "Ultimately he gave a statement admitting to a majority of the acts that have been charged against him. He also indicated that he videotaped some of the sexual encounters between himself and the ten year old girl."

Police also believe he videotaped her with a hidden camera while she was in the bathroom.

Brungard is charged with four counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child, one count of promoting prostitution of a child and two counts each of manufacturing child pornography, aggravated indecent assault on a child, indecent assault on a child, possession of child pornography, invasion of privacy and corruption of minors. 

Brungard is currently being held in Cumberland County Prison without bail.

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