Carlisle man allegedly admits to sexual assaults against 12 year old girl

22 December 2023- In a case that has taken years to come to light, a Carlisle man is facing numerous sexual assault charges stemming from a series of incidents both in his vehicle and at a home in Southampton Township nearly a decade ago. Robert Carl Blanchard is charged with felony IDSI with a child, felony aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 13, misdemeanor indecent assault of a person less than 13, felony corruption of minors, and felony sexual assault. Blanchard is free on an unsecured bail of $100,000.

The case in question reportedly started just under a year ago, with a victim arriving at PSP Chambersburg on December 27th of 2022 in order to report a number of sexual assaults against her while she was between the ages of 12 and 13.

According to the victim, during the summers of 2014 and ’15, she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Robert Blanchard at a home on Mainsville Road, Southampton Township. Blanchard was between the ages of 27 and 28 at that time.

Police say that during the interview the victim told them that Blanchard would drive her between her home and family farm. During these trips he would allegedly coerce her into performing sexual acts on him. The victim reportedly described these incidents in detail.

During the victim’s 13th birthday party, Blanchard and her were reportedly downstairs in her bedroom when he sexually assaulted her. This incident’s location could be confirmed due to it being at a house.

Blanchard was interviewed at PSP Chambersburg, but an exact date for that interview was not recorded. In the interview, Blanchard allegedly admitted that the victim had performed sex acts on him while in his truck but when asked about other assaults, he reportedly didn’t remember. This may be due to the time between the reporting and the alleged incidents.

Robert Blanchard is free on an unsecured bail of $100,000. His preliminary hearing is set for January 16th, 2024.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000326-2023, Incident No.: PA 2022-1646476