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Knox Man Sentenced Up to Two Years Behind Bars for Sexual Assault of 11-Year-Old Girl

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Joanne Bauer

shutterstock_1132288550VENANGO CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Knox man was sentenced up to two years behind bars for the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Venango County.

According to court documents, Venango County President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh sentenced 20-year-old Jeremy Scott Fosbaugh, of Knox, to a minimum of 11 months, 29 days and a maximum of 23 months, 29 days on a second-degree felony charge of Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older.

He was also sentenced to three years probation that is to be served consecutive to his confinement.

The following conditions also apply:

– Fosbaugh is eligible for a re-entry plan.
– Work Release/Job Search is authorized for Fosbaugh, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week.
– Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County SAP.

Fosbaugh will receive credit for 188 days incarcerated in the Venango County Jail, as he was denied bail after his preliminary arraignment due to “second instance of rape.”

Fosbaugh pleaded guilty to Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older on January 14, 2019.

As a result of a plea agreement, the following charges against Fosbaugh were dismissed:

– Rape of Child, Felony 1
– Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 1
– Aggravated Indecent Assault – Complainant Less Than 13 Years Old, Felony 2
– Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 3
– Indecent Assault Person Less than 13 Years of Age, Felony 3
– Indecent Exposure, Misdemeanor 1

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Haun, around 4:30 p.m. on January 21, 2017, Trooper Swatzler interviewed a known woman who is a relative of the victim.

The woman told Trooper Swatzler that she was texting the victim earlier that day, and the victim said Fosbaugh had sexual intercourse with her at a Richland Township residence, according to the complaint.

Court documents indicate that the abuse is alleged to have occurred on multiple occasions over a period that started on an unknown date in 2016 and continued through January 2017.

The criminal complaint states that the woman went on to explain that Fosbaugh had previously been charged as a juvenile for sexually molesting the victim when she was five years old, which Trooper Swatzler later confirmed.

A forensic interview was conducted with the victim at the Venango County Human Services Complex on January 26, 2017.

According to the complaint, in the interview, the victim disclosed that Fosbaugh would contact her via Snapchat and tell her to take her clothes off. She said he would then come into the room she was in, and if she wasn’t undressed, he would take her clothing off.

The victim then indicated that Fosbaugh would touch her genitals with his hand before making her lay down and initiating sexual intercourse.

The complaint states the victim indicated this terrified her, and she told Fosbaugh to stop, but he ignored her. The victim also stated this made her “feel weird.”

According to the complaint, the victim indicated this occurred on multiple occasions.

The victim also stated that Fosbaugh told her that “nobody can know about what they did together.”

When asked if Fosbaugh used protection during these events, the victim stated, “at first he did not, but then he did.” She also told investigators that she could hear him opening the “thing,” referring to a condom package.

The complaint also notes that Venango County Assistant District Attorney Brenda Servidio interviewed the victim in June 2018, and the victim disclosed the same information that was provided during the forensic interview.

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic details were not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.

EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details were removed from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.

EDITOR’S NOTE 3: Details related to previous sexual assault charges against Jeremy Scott Fosbaugh were not available due to Fosbaugh being a juvenile at the time of the alleged incident(s).


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