Knox Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts Relating to Having Sexual Relations with an Underage Girl
Russell James Reedy, Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to one count of Statutory Sexual Assault and one count of Inference with Custody of a Child, both second-degree felony charges.
As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:
– Aggravated Indecent Assault – Comp. Less Than 16, Felony 2
– Unlawful Contact With Minor – Sexual Offenses, Felony 2
– Corruption Of Minors – Defendant Age 18 or Above, Felony 2
– Indecent Assault Person Less 16 Yrs Age, Misdemeanor 2
He remains jailed on $50,000.00 cash bail.
He will be sentenced later this year by Clarion County President Judge James Arner.
DETAILS OF THE CASE
According to a criminal complaint filed by Clarion-based State Police Trooper Berggren, the investigation was initiated on January 24 after a report was made to Childline and Clarion County CYS indicating that Russell Reedy Jr. was found kissing an underage girl. The incident was observed by a relative of the victim.
Further investigation revealed that Reedy and the victim were communicating via Facebook and agreed to meet at a location in Strattanville on February 20.
The arrangements were made just one day after a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) was issued prohibiting Reedy from making contact with the victim.
Following a search, Reedy and the victim were located and transported to the Clarion State Police barracks. During an interview with police, the victim indicated that she and Reedy “had a sexual relationship.”
Reedy was subsequently placed in the Clarion County Jail on February 20 for violating the PFA order.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Several details were withheld from this article to help protect the identity of the victim.
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