2013-01-23 / Local & State

Area Man Pleads To Sexual Assault

Sentencing scheduled for March 19
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

An area man appeared in county court this week to answer to accusations of sexual involvement with a young girl.

Caleb Miller Koons, 21, formerly of Greencastle and currently of Cloverleaf Court, McConnellsburg, stood before Fulton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Carol L. Van Horn on Tuesday for formal arraignment on one count each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. Koons waived his right to arraignment and entered a negotiated plea of guilty to statutory sexual assault.

Maximum penalty in the case is 10 years incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

It was noted in court proceedings that Koons was seven years older than the victim when the alleged incident occurred between May 25 and June 22, 2012. In fact, in explaining to the judge why he was indeed guilty of statutory sexual assault, Koons admitted to the court he had had sexual intercourse with the 13-year-old girl when he was 20.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ken Falkosky of the McConnellsburg barracks, the girl was interviewed at the McConnellsburg barracks on two occasions during the month of December. A Services for Children employee was on hand for one of the interviews, it was noted.

The girl reportedly told police investigators in the interview that Koons visited her McConnellsburg Borough home on a Friday night seven months ago when she had other friends visiting.

Koons had previously slept at the residence several times, the affidavit said. However, on the evening in question, Koons is accused of touching the girl and having sexual intercourse while she was feeling under the weather and watching a movie in her bedroom, police said.

The affidavit mentions both the girl and Koons told police investigators the topic of sex came up in discussion earlier that evening.

The Fulton County Probation Department was ordered to complete a pre-sentence investigation report in the matter. Sentencing has tentatively been scheduled for March 19.

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