Knox Man Accused of Having Sexual Relationship with Young Girl to be Sentenced Wednesday
According to court documents, 23-year-old Russell James Reedy Jr., of Knox, will be sentenced before President Judge James Arner at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14, on the following charges:
- Statutory Sexual Assault: 8-11 Years Older, Felony 2
- Interference with Custody Of Children, Felony 2
Reedy pleaded guilty to the above charges on July 10 in Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.
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
Reedy remains jailed on $50,000.00 cash bail.
The charges stem from an investigation initiated in January based on a Childline report.
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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