Note: All charges reported below were dismissed at a May 28, 2015, preliminary hearing. In asking that the charges be dismissed, District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa said, “There is not one scintilla of evidence that a crime has been committed.”
A 17-year-old girl has accused a Neshannock Township man of indecent assault and exposing himself in her presence.
Neshannock police on Tuesday filed charges against J. Fred Stoner, 63, of 217 W. Parkside Drive following an interview with the alleged victim.
Four alleged incidents are reported to have occurred between September and October 2014. The incidents allegedly all occurred at his home, according to a police affidavit filed in court.
The affidavit states that a Lawrence County Children and Youth Services caseworker told police on Feb. 3 that the teen had told a friend that Stoner had exposed himself on several occasions at his house while she was in the room.
The Lawrence County Child Advocacy Center conducted a forensic interview with the teen on Feb. 17 and March 31, the affidavit says. She told interviewers that Stoner on one occasion had made indecent gestures and exposed his private parts in her presence.
She told interviewers that on two other occasions, the teen was watching a movie at his house and he exposed himself again in her presence while touching himself, the court papers say.
The teen told authorities about an occasion when Stoner saw her crying and he tried to console her and hugged her so tightly it was difficult for her to pull away. She said he kissed her on the cheek and then on the lips without her consent. She said she avoided him after that because she was afraid, according to her account in the affidavit.
Stoner faces three counts of open lewdness and one count each of corruption of minors, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children and indecent assault without the consent of others.
The charges were filed before District Judge Scott McGrath. However, McGrath said yesterday he requested the venue be changed to the court of District Judge David Rishel.
Stoner is expected to turn himself in to Rishel’s court later this week, police said.