Lucinda Man Charged With Repeatedly Punching Juvenile in Face Due Back in Court Next Week
Court documents indicate 38-year-old Joshua N. Parkhurst is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, on the following charges:
– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
He is currently free on $2,500.00 unsecured bail.
The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred in Clarion Borough in mid-June.
Details of the case:
According to a criminal complaint, around 9:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 13, Clarion Borough Police received a complaint from a known juvenile who stated that Joshua Parkhurst had assaulted him.
The victim told Officer Wright that Parkhurst had been yelling at him and “got into his face” for not mowing the grass. The juvenile explained to Officer Wright that he had been doing other chores that his mother had given him. The juvenile then got on his bicycle and left the residence. He said that when he returned, Parkhurst continued “yelling in his face,” and he (the juvenile) then slapped Parkhurst.
According to the complaint, the victim reported Parkhurst then grabbed him by the jaw, threw him onto a table, and began to punch him in the face.
Police observed a fresh scratch on the victim’s right temple, a red mark/bruise on his left temple, and red marks on the side of his neck, the complaint notes.
The victim also told Officer Wright that his mother was present when the altercation occurred; she wrestled with Parkhurst to get him off of the victim.
Police then spoke to the victim’s mother, who brought Parkhurst with her to the police station.
She reported that the victim had not been listening and said she “can never get help with him.”
Parkhurst reportedly stated the victim punched him in the face, and he and the victim started “wrestling” after the victim struck him. However, police did not observe any marks on Parkhurst, and advised him they did observe fresh marks on the victim. Parkhurst was able to state the location of the marks on the victim’s face, the complaint notes.
Officer Wright spoke to Parkhurst about adults in a home having a duty to walk away and call police instead of engaging in a physical fight with a child, according to the complaint.
Parkhurst was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jarah Lee Heeter at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.
Parkhurst was sentenced to two years of probation on one second-degree misdemeanor count of simple assault on Wednesday, June 17, from an incident where he reportedly choked a juvenile and slammed him to the ground in front of multiple witnesses.
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