2011-01-13 / Front Page

Hustontown Man Waives Hearing

Mandatory arraignment to be scheduled for Dennis Lane
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

After being granted several continuances since his arrest in mid-November, a northern Fulton County man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy appeared in Fulton County Central Court this week.

Dennis Lane of 476 Quarry Hill Road, Hustontown, accompanied by defense attorney Greg Ablen appeared before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott for a preliminary hearing on three counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault; two counts of rape; and one count of statutory sexual assault, indecent exposure, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.

Having opted to waive his right to a hearing on Monday, January 10, Lane will next appear for mandatory arraignment in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. A date has not yet been scheduled for the 62- year-old man’s next court appearance. He continues to be held in the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The charges against Lane were made after Trooper Angela Roher of the Pennsylvania State Police McConnellsburg barracks sat down with a 15-year-old male who detailed for police the various alleged offenses that occurred between September 26, 2007, and concluded on November 5, 2010, only two days before the interview.

Lane and the boy reportedly began spending time together after Lane asked the juvenile’s father if the boy would be able to come to his home and help with firewood. He was 11 at the time. The boy told Trooper Roher, the charging documents state, that he was “fearful” after Lane touched him inappropriately.

“I know how scared I was when I went home,” the affidavit said regarding the boy’s state- ment. “I was scared if I told my parents that he would hurt me. He asked me not to tell.”

The juvenile went on to share with police investigators details of an incident that occurred within the last six to 12 months. In spite of the struggling, Lane allegedly held the boy down and reminded him he would always be able to overpower him, the affidavit said.

The sexual encounters reportedly occurred more during the summer months and with much less frequency during the school year. Throughout the course of the ongoing events, Lane also reportedly bought the young boy items such as sneakers, jeans and a Sony Playstation Portable and gave him spending money.

In a written statement provided to Roher, the victim stated, “I didn’t like it, and I still don’t like it. I believe I am not the only one he has molested, and I believe I am not the last. I was physically hurt, emotionally hurt, spiritually hurt and my social life has definitely been negatively influenced by him ... . I was just an ordinary kid and now I have memories that will never leave my head. I hope that I will be able to recuperate from this, but I don’t believe I will.”

“I am scared for my life, but I will do what it takes for justice to be served,” the boy concluded.

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