Michael A. Kauffman

Michael A. Kauffman, of Lititz, was charged on Nov. 4 with sexually assaulting three children.

SHIPPENSBURG — A Lancaster County man charged with sexually assaulting three young girls in Cumberland County appeared for a brief but well-attended preliminary hearing Monday.

Michael A. Kauffman, 38, of Lititz,  was accompanied by a dozen family and friends, including his parents. He was represented by Berks County attorney Allan Leonard Sodomsky before District Judge H. Anthony Adams.

Kauffman was charged with 31 counts related to sexual assault of children, including two counts of rape, by Pennsylvania State Police of Carlisle on Nov. 4.

The case has moved to Cumberland County court, and a formal arraignment is scheduled Feb. 20, 2020, in the Carlisle county courthouse.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, state police were notified through the hotline service ChildLine of the alleged abuse. The tip said three girls were sexually and physically abused by the defendant at three different locations in Cumberland County between January 2011 and December 2017.

A forensic interviewer conducted separate interviews with the girls in August and October of this year.

Sodomsky stated after the hearing that Kauffman maintains his innocence and looks forward to the “truth coming out.”

Members of the victim support group Never Stand Alone attended the hearing to support the girls, who did not attend the hearing.

Kauffman’s ex-wife, Audrey Malchow Kauffman, also attended the hearing.

Kauffman is currently out of jail after posting a $250,000 bail through an insurance-backed surety bond.

The formal arraignment is scheduled for February 20, 2020, in the Carlisle county courthouse.

 Staff writer Alex Geli contributed to this story.