2012-07-12 / Local & State

Man Pleads Guilty To Corruption

Zachary DeShong to be sentenced August 14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A Harrisonville area man accused of having consensual sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl entered a plea to the corruption of minors last Tuesday.

Zachary Allen DeShong of 8128 Black Bear Road appeared before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on July 3 to answer to five counts of statutory sexual assault and one count of the corruption of minors. The charges in the case were filed by Pennsylvania State Police on January 31, the day after the juvenile and her parents appeared at the Mc- Connellsburg substation.

DeShong, 20, has entered an open guilty plea to the corruption of minors, a third-degree felony. The maximum penalty in the case is seven years incarceration and a $15,000 fine.

Trooper Michael Davis, the lead investigator in the case, maintained DeShong corrupted the minor by having sexual intercourse with the girl when she was 14 and 15 years old. The age difference between the local man and the juvenile is four years and 11 months.

In her discussions with Trooper Davis, the girl admitted to having consensual sex with DeShong between October and December 2011, an affidavit of probable cause stated. The victim and the defendant were allegedly together between five and 10 times during that time frame.

A written confession was provided by DeShong in the case, Davis said in the charging documents.

DeShong is represented by defense attorney Steve Rice. He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 14.

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