GREENFIELD — A 27-year-old Indianapolis man was jailed late last week amid allegations he tried to rape a teenage girl.
David Paschall pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted rape, a Class B felony, in Hancock Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested Friday.
Police have been investigating Paschall since mid-December, when the girl came forward and reported that Paschall had tried to have sex with her while she was staying the night at a friend’s house, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Paschall was living with the girl’s stepsister’s boyfriend at the time of the incident and was sleeping beside her on a pull-out couch, the affidavit states.
The girl told police she awoke to find Paschall on top of her with his pants off. She said she pushed him off of her, and he told her he thought she was awake, the affidavit states.
The girl told police she called a friend to pick her up and said she wanted to talk to a family member about what happened before deciding whether to involve law enforcement. Two days later, they contacted police, the affidavit states.
Paschall has been ordered to have no contact with the girl and remained in Hancock County Jail on $10,000 cash bond at press time. Paschall requested a speedy trial at his initial hearing, according to court records.
That request was granted, and a trial date of Feb. 26 was set, court records state.
A Class B felony carries a penalty range of six to 20 years and up to $10,000 in fines.