Washington County police officer accused of raping 12-year-old girl

By Steve Pope | February 12, 2019

State police have accused a Washington County police officer of raping a 12-year-old girl while she was visiting his home in 2016.

A criminal complaint alleged that Trent Nelson Talbert, 58, sexually assaulted the child after she removed all her clothes thinking that Talbert was giving her an “oil rubdown.”

Police alleged in the court filing, that the child told them that Talbert sexually assaulted her several times between  June and September of 2016, while she was living at his home. She was 12 at the time. He is also alleged to have frequently walked around the home fully naked in front of the girl.

Talbert is also accused of raping the girl “at least four times” from July 13 to 20, 2018, while she stayed at his home, police said.

Authorities began an investigation in July after an adult heard the girl tell Talbert that she didn’t want another rubdown.” The girl told the adult about the prior incidents involving Talbert.

Talbert has previously worked as a police officer for Houston Borough, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Pittsburgh Technical College. He is not currently working in law enforcement.

Talbert is charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child younger than 13, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent exposure and four counts of indecent assault.

He was released Wednesday after posting a 50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on March 4.

Steve Pope can be contacted at steve.pope@grantstreetnews.com


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