NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A suicidal western Pennsylvania man charged with duct-taping and raping a 15-year-old girl he lured to his home with the promise of a babysitting job was the focus of an intensifying interstate manhunt on Thursday.
Todd Vocature, 52, is wanted on 10 charges including rape and aggravated indecent assault of a child because Shenango Township police say he drove the girl to his home on Aug. 31 after telling her he needed a sitter for his daughter.
Vocature then “told her he had a belated birthday present for her,” police Superintendent William Phillips said. After taking her to a bedroom, Vocature “threw her on the bed, duct-taped her hands behind her back. She began screaming, so he then also duct-taped her face.”
Vocature then sexually assaulted the girl and let her go, warning her not to tell anyone.
The girl finally reported the incident Sept. 4 and township police charged Vocature on Wednesday but have been unable to find him.
They believe he may be in or around Lowellville, Ohio, where he has relatives and where he reportedly tried to commit suicide after the alleged rape but before charges were filed. Vocature also told his victim that he wanted to have sex with her before killing himself, police said.
At the time of the alleged attack, Vocature was awaiting trial on charges of failing to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, a statute that requires certain violent sex offenders to notify police of their address so it can be publicized. The state’s Megan’s law web site (http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/) classifies Vocature as a lifetime offender who’s had to register since a 2003 conviction for aggravated indecent assault.