2008-10-23 / Local & State

Hull Enters Guilty Plea

To be sentenced on corruption of minors, indecent assault
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Big Cove Tannery man entered a guilty plea last week to a variety of criminal charges stemming from a series of indecent incidents involving a 13-year-old girl during the month of July.

Accompanied by Fulton County Public Defender Tamela Bard, 31- year-old Rodney Hull appeared before Judge Douglas Herman of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on October 14 for arraignment and entry of a plea to three counts each of the corruption of minors, indecent assault without the consent of another and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age.

Hull pled guilty to the first count of the corruption of minors and the second count of indecent assault without the consent of another. Both counts are listed as misdemeanors.

He will be sentenced at a later date upon the completion of a presentence investigation by the Fulton County Probation Department.

The charges against Hull were initially filed on August 8 through Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson, and Hull was served via a summons the following week. In an affidavit of probable cause filed through Johnson's office, investigating officer Trooper John Lupey indicated the three incidents involving Hull and the teenager occurred between noon on July 4 and 6:30 p.m. on July 29 at a Thompson Township residence.

Hull reportedly inappropriately touched the girl through and under her clothing. After the final episode, Hull allegedly apologized to the victim for what he had done.

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