2011-01-13 / Local & State

Former Needmore Man Charged In Sexual Assault

Preliminary hearing for Curtis Bryner set for Jan. 31
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A former Belfast Township resident was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson last Friday via video conference on allegations that he sexually assaulted and coerced a young boy into sexual acts.

Thirty- eight-year- old Curtis Michael Bryner, formerly of 782 East Hill Road, Needmore, was charged on December 20, 2010, by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks for the incidents that reportedly occurred from May 1998 through May1999 and again in February of 2008. Charges against Bryner, who is currently incarcerated in the Adams County Prison on an unrelated incident, include six counts of indecent assault; four counts of indecent exposure; two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; and one count each of sexual assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children, criminal coercion and recklessly endangering another person.

Investigating officer Trooper Horton learned about the alleged incidents when the juvenile victim was interviewed on February 1, 2010, by a forensic interviewer at the Adams County Children Resource Center. During the interview the victim maintained he was 5 years old when Bryner began inappropriately touched him, charging documents state. The act occurred at least three to four times during the course of the year.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim also told police Bryner pointed a gun at his face, ordered him onto a bed and announced he wasn’t afraid to shoot him. The boy, who was 14, said Bryner dumped six rounds out of the 38 special revolver’s cylinder and proceeded to load one round into the gun. After repeatedly cocking the hammer and squeezing the trigger again and again, the boy was forced to remove his pants and underwear, police said. Bryner also removed his pants.

“I’ve already proven to you that I’ll kill you if you tell anybody, it will only take two shots to kills everybody,” the boy said Bryner told him following the sexual act.

Bryner’s preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 31, in Fulton County Central Court.

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