2011-03-10 / Local & State

Sexual Assault Case Headed To Court

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Sufficient evidence has been found to move a sexual assault case forward to the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for mandatory arraignment.

A teenage boy was the lone individual to take the stand in Fulton County Central Court on Monday to testify against former Needmore resident Curtis Michael Bryner. Under questioning by county District Attorney Travis Kendall, the juvenile revealed the alleged incidents occurred over a one-week period when he was only 5 years old and again at the age of 14.

Charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton against Bryner in December 2010 regarding the accusations 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.

The boy told defense attorney David Keller that the first week of assaults were “traumatizing” and for a time he refrained from telling anyone because he felt it was his fault. He also said in court that he periodically suffered from bad dreams for several years, and he eventually confided in his mother and other supportive individuals such as his priest. He also underwent weekly counseling for several months with the Adams County Child Advocacy Center.

Having agreed that sufficient evidence was given in the case, Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson bound the case over for mandatory arraignment in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas. An arraignment date has not yet been set.

Bryner most recently resided in the Gettysburg area and is currently being held in Adams County Jail on unrelated charges. His bail in this case has been set at $50,000.

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