Gerald Edgar Orris III

Gerald Edgar Orris III booking mugshot. Friday, December 2, 2016. Submitted Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

A Johnstown man  accused of sexually assaulting a disabled girl and then punching a police dog when he was arrested now faces trial.

Gerald Edgar Orris III, 26, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Kevin Price of Johnstown.

City police allege Orris assaulted the girl in November 2015.

He was charged in that case with statutory sexual assault, rape of a mentally disabled person, indecent sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 year of age, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors.

In a criminal complaint, police said they had been searching for Orris for more than a year when they found him on Dec. 1 hiding in a crawl space inside a Teak Street home.

A police dog was sent in after Orris refused to surrender, police said.

“The dog was sent in and screams were heard from the crawl space,” the complaint said. “Then Orris began to hit the K-9 in the head.”

He was charged in that case with illegal torture of a police animal, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.

Orris was returned to Cambria County Prison, where he is being held on $150,000 percentage bond.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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