Teen sentenced for assaults

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A 15-year-old Tyrone boy charged with sexual offenses against three girls he dated was placed on indeterminate probation during a hearing Wednesday in the Blair County Juvenile Court.

President Judge Jolene G. Kopriva released the youngster to a brother-in-law who lives in Schuylkill County.

The boy’s parents and the relative will have joint custody of the youngster.

The 15-year-old had been residing in the Cambria County Detention Home for nearly three weeks after Tyrone police filed charges involving assaults on two girls.

On Sept. 15, sexual assault charges on a third girl were filed by Tyrone police.

The boy during his appearance in court Wednesday afternoon was represented by Blair County attorney Warren T. Crilly.

According to Deanne Paul, assistant district attorney for juvenile court, the boy admitted to indecent assault charges with two of the girls and sexual assault on the third girl.

He will not have to register under Megan’s Law as a result of his admission.

But, according to Paul, the boy will receive sexual offender counseling, and he will be on probation, meaning he can be brought back to court if he commits new offenses.

Kopriva indicated the youth is seeking answers to understand why he behaves the way he does. She suggested the boy’s family participate in group therapy, adding the sessions will help the boy change and aid the rest of the family members to change with him.

The alleged victims were in the courthouse. But Paul said the young women were having a tough time dealing with what happened to them, and an agreement was struck so they would not have to relive their experiences in an open courtroom.

Paul said the goal of juvenile court is rehabilitation. The boy’s sentence was imposed with this in mind, she said.

The sentence spared the victims from having to testify, but, the boy still was held accountable for the sex offenses, Paul explained.

Kopriva said she appreciated that Crilly and Paul worked together in the past two weeks to resolve the case.