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Man pleads guilty in HACC student abduction

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A convicted sex offender will spend the next 25 to 50 years in state prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Harrisburg Area Community College student less than a week after his release from prison for similar crimes.

Investigators said 53-year-old Clarence Shaffer abducted an 18-year-old woman at gunpoint from the school parking lot in Dauphin County in December and took her to a wooded area, where he kicked, choked and sexually assaulted her. She escaped after he lowered his gun.

Shaffer has pleaded guilty to charges including kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and terroristic threats.

He was released from prison four days before the December abduction, after serving his maximum 14-year sentence for the kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a college student in the 1990s.

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