TIONESTA — A Mercer County woman is accused in the rape of a child almost 30 years ago, after her husband presented police with video evidence and took his own life.
Barbara J. Wolfe, 64, of 2858 Winner Road, Clark, is charged with indecent assault of a victim younger than 16, rape of a mentally ill or deficient victim, aggravated indecent assault, and photographing sex acts involving a child.
In a criminal complaint filed Wednesday before District Judge Daniel Miller of Forest County, state police said Wolfe's husband, George, had delivered a note and a DVD May 13 to the office of Mercer County District Attorney Pete Acker. A video file on the DVD depicted George and Barbara Wolfe molesting a child.
The packet also contained a handwritten note identifying Barbara Wolfe and providing her address. The note also said, "I'm going to die."
George and Barbara Wolfe had been estranged at the time, according to Jefferson Township police, and he was residing in Hermitage. Officers from Hermitage went to George Wolfe's home and found him dead.
Through interviews with Barbara Wolfe and others, police identified the victim and determined that the rape occurred in February of 1994, when the Wolfes lived in a mobile home near Tionesta, Forest County.