Husband, wife face charges in child sex assault case in Altoona

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) —The Altoona Police Department confirmed that Jason Brandt surrendered himself over to authorities Thursday and his wife is now facing various charges.

JASON MICHAEL BRANDT

Michelle Brandt, 40, was arrested Thursday night when her husband turned himself in to Altoona police to face hundreds of felony sex crime counts. Jason Brandt, 41, had skipped town ahead of a police search warrant Tuesday and police say he was hiding out in Huntingdon County.

Police say that Michelle admitted that she had bought Jason a ticket to travel from Lewistown to North Carolina.

A family member told police that they became aware of Jason’s warrant on May 27 when they saw a post on social media. They then talked Jason and Michelle into returning to Altoona to turn themselves in, police noted in the complaint papers.

Jason Brandt is facing charges with hundreds of felony counts after an investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl from the time she was 8 years old.

Michelle Brandt is accused of obstructing the investigation into allegations her husband sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl from the time she was 8.

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