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Two Pennsylvania Men Accused of Posing as Contractors and Going Door to Door Arrested After Woman Sexually Assaulted, Cops Say

2 Penn. Men Accused of Sexual Assault After Posing as Contractors
Source: West Chester Police Department

James McDonagh (left) and John Delaney (right) accused of posing as contractors and then sexually assaulting a woman.

Dec. 2 2023, Published 12:03 p.m. ET

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Two men were taken into custody after a Pennsylvania homeowner reported a sexual assault incident after the men allegedly posed as contractors at the alleged victim's residence, according to officials.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, officers responded to a home in West Chester after receiving a report of a woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man who came to her home to discuss “home repairs such as roofs, brick and siding,” according to the West Chester Police Department.

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Investigators said the woman told them the alleged incident took place after three men were going door-to-door soliciting home repairs and claiming to work for Everest Roofing and Masonry.

The victim claimed one of the men handed her a business card for the company as he entered the residence and then allegedly sexually assaulted her, police said.

After the alleged incident, investigators contacted Everest Roofing and Masonry and set up a meeting. At that meeting, the two men were immediately arrested: James McDonagh was charged with aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, and John Delaney was charged with deceptive business practices and operating a vehicle with a fraudulent license plate as well as related charges, authorities said.

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According to officials, the business the men claimed to represent, Everest Roofing and Masonry, does not exist and a website associated with the business was created less than two weeks ago.

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