2011-05-05 / Front Page

Bryner Pleads In Sexual Assault Case

Next scheduled for July 12 call of the list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A former Belfast Township man entered a plea of not guilty this week in response to allegations he sexually assaulted a male juvenile on various occasions between 1998 and 2008.

Curtis Michael Bryner, formerly of 782 East Hill Road, Needmore, stood before Judge Richard J. Walsh of the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday for mandatory arraignment. Bryner waived arraignment proceedings and entered a not-guilty plea to 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.

Represented by defense attorney David Keller, Bryner remains incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 bail. His next court appearance will be call of the criminal trial list scheduled for Tuesday, July 12. Call of the list will be Bryner’s final opportunity to accept a plea agreement, if one has been offered by the Fulton County district attorney, or request a trial by judge or jury.

Charges were filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton last December after a young man revealed Bryner, 39, exhibited inappropriate conduct when the victim was only 5 years old and again at the age of 14.

In a prior preliminary hearing, the now teenager alleged Bryner rubbed the inside of his thigh before progressing to even more inappropriate touching. The juvenile further said the man also touched himself, and repeated the entire incident between three and four additional times during that one week.

Moving forward to February 2008, the boy accused Bryner of pointing a loaded gun at him and ordering him to crawl into bed and take off his pants. After ordering him to perform acts associated with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, the boy said in court, Bryner fired the gun out of a nearby window and threatened to shoot him if he told anyone.

The juvenile underwent weekly counseling for several months with the Adams County Child Advocacy Center as a result of the alleged incidents.

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