Police: Man sexually assaulted boy at hospital

A Johnstown man faces numerous charges after being accused of sexually assaulting an autistic boy in May at a Johnstown hospital.

Eric J. Frick, 31, of the 400 block of Cypress Ave., Johnstown, was arraigned Sunday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali, online court records show.

According to a criminal complaint filed in June by Johnstown police, officers were called to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Good Samaritan building for a reported sexual assault. In the criminal complaint, police explained the boy was visiting the medical center for an assessment to ensure he was getting the proper medication to treat his illness.

The boy was waiting in an area called “the boys lounge,” where Frick also was seated, police said.

Frick then grabbed the boy’s wrist and forced him to perform a sex act, according to the complaint, which cited an interview with the boy.

Frick also touched the boy sexually, according to the complaint.

The boy told police that Frick’s alleged assault “hurt” him, officers said.

Frick faces two counts each of charges, including indecent assault by forcible compulsion, indecent assault of a person with a mental disability and indecent assault without the consent of another, online court documents show.

He remains in Cambria County Prison unable to post $10,000 cash bail, according to the online documents.

Frick is to appear for a preliminary hearing Oct. 26 before Magisterial District Judge Kevin Price.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.

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