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Hearing Rescheduled for New Bethlehem Man Accused of Child Sex Offenses
ARMSTRONG CO., Pa. (EYT) – A hearing for a New Bethlehem man facing felony charges after he allegedly used a social media application to arrange sexual encounters with an underage boy was recently continued to the end of the month.
According to court documents, the preliminary hearing for 47-year-old Scott Carter Sherry, of New Bethlehem, has been rescheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 29, in front of District Judge Kevin Lee McCausland.
Sherry faces the following charges:
- Interference W/Custody Of Children, Felony 2 (two counts)
- Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
Sherry was lodged in the Armstrong County Jail on January 19 on $10,000.00 cash bail; however, a surety bond was posted by a professional bondsman on January 29.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Kittanning-based State Police Trooper Stivason, the investigation began on October 6, 2017, after the mother of the victim reported to Clarion-based State Police that Sherry had been contacting her son.
The criminal complaint indicates that the woman provided screenshots from her son’s cell phone showing messages between Sherry and the victim.
The victim also told his mother that he had sexual contact with Sherry, according to the criminal complaint.
An interview was conducted with the victim who indicated that Sherry contacted him through a mobile phone application called “Grindr.”
According to the criminal complaint, Sherry allegedly asked the victim to “hang out” resulting in the victim sneaking out of his house at night. Sherry then picked the victim up and took him back to his own house along Seminole Road in Mahoning Township, Armstrong County.
While at the residence, Sherry allegedly had sexual relations with the victim.
The victim told police that sexual contact occurred on two separate occasions and that no one else was at Sherry’s residence at the time of either incident, according to the criminal complaint.
The alleged incidents occurred between May 2017 and October 2017.
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