2009-11-19 / Local & State

Breeden Pleads Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Case

Trial tentatively set for January 25, 2010
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A 21-year-old Warfordsburg area man appeared in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas last week on allegations he sexually assaulted a young girl while parking at Meadow Grounds Lake last November.

Joshua L. Breeden of 3378 Stoneybreak Road appeared before Judge Carol L. Van Horn on November 10 for mandatory arraignment proceedings held on one count each of statutory sexual assault and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age. Breeden entered a notguilty plea to both offenses.

In paperwork filed on October 6 by investigating officer Trooper Angela Roher of the Mc- Connellsburg state police barracks, the alleged incident reportedly occurred on November 20, 2008, following an evening of drinking at a private residence in Needmore. Breeden, another male and the 13-year-old girl reportedly drove to Sheetz for chili dogs before heading to the lake located in Ayr Township.

The girl admitted to police the incident in the bed of a truck was consensual, and Breeden quickly stopped when she asked, the affidavit of probable cause states.

In an interview with the accused, state police learned from Breeden the incident occurred after the trio left Meadow Grounds. Breeden, according to the affidavit of probable cause, stated the incident occurred along Pigeon Cove Road in the vicinity of P&W Excavating during the early morning hours.

State police were initially alerted to a possible sexual assault after receiving notice from Officer Scott Wolff of the Hancock, Md., Police Department, who was investigating a similar case involving Breeden in his jurisdiction.

Breeden is currently free on unsecured $25,000 bail. His trial has tentatively been scheduled for the January 25, 2010, court term.

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