Bradley Thomas Barto, 22, of Mahaffey is facing charges of molesting a 12-year-old girl.

Barto is charged with rape of a child, a felony of the first degree; statutory sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, which are felonies of the second degree; corruption of minors, a felony of the third degree and indecent assault-victim less than 13-years old, a misdemeanor of the first degree and indecent assault-victim less than 16-years-old, a misdemeanor of the second degree.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the investigation was initiated through a ChildLine report.

On Aug. 9, the now 14-year-old female victim was interviewed at the Armstrong County Child Advocacy Center. She told officials that when she was 12 years old, she and Barto had sexual relations at a residence in Mahaffey.

On Aug. 11, State Police troopers interviewed Barto in Burnside and he admitted to having sexual relations with the girl. He said it occurred at a friend’s residence in Mahaffey.

He said it was “dumb” on his part because of their age difference, but could not recall how old he was and how old the victim was.

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He said he made a mistake and was concerned about becoming a Megan’s Law offender if he is charged.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Michael Morris on Wednesday at Centralized Court, in hearing room No. 2 at 10:15 a.m. at the Clearfield County Jail.