Assault Charges Against Punxsy Man Withdrawn; Punxsy Woman Still Awaiting Hearing

GASKILL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Charges of simple assault against a Punxsutawney man were withdrawn, and harassment charges were moved to non-traffic court during a preliminary hearing earlier this week.

According to court documents, a misdemeanor charge of Simple Assault against 35-year-old John J Bentley, of Punxsutawney, was withdrawn on April 2 in a preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

A summary count of harassment was moved to non-traffic court.

Details of the case:

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 35-year-old John J. Bentley and 36-year-old Charmion A. Rosen, both of Punxsutawney, on Thursday, March 22.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Mosier, around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, the incident began at a residence on Seitz Lane in Gaskill Township, where Charmion Rosen and John Bentley had been arguing throughout the day.

When Trooper Mosier arrived around 5:45 p.m., she spoke to Rosen who told her that she and Bentley had been arguing since that morning. She said Bentley had gone fishing, then returned and tried to cuddle with her, but she refused. She said he then punched her in the stomach with a closed fist. He then left to go to an income tax appointment and soon called her to sign tax paperwork, but she refused to cooperate, the complaint states.

Rosen said Bentley returned home and began yelling at her while she was on her iPad, ignoring him. She told Trooper Mosen that Bentley took her iPad and threw it in her direction when she continued to ignore him, and then she became hysterical. She said he took the iPad again and smashed it in the kitchen, and she sent the kids into the bedroom while he cleaned up the broken glass, the complaint continues.

Around 6:00 p.m., Trooper Mosier spoke to Bentley who told her that he and Rosen had been arguing, so he left the residence for a while and then returned to attempt to reconcile. He said Rosen began yelling and elbowed him in the chest and saying that she did not want to make up. He left to go to a tax appointment but returned to tell Rosen he needed her signature, according to the complaint.

Bentley told Trooper Mosier that Rosen started swearing at him, saying she wasn’t “doing a [expletive] thing” for him and threw her iPad at him, breaking a picture on the wall. Bentley said he picked up the iPad and she wrestled him for it, scratching him, so he threw the iPad. He then picked up the broken glass while she continued to yell at him and push him around until he left to go back to his appointment, according to the complaint.

Based on the investigation, Rosen was arraigned at 8:55 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock.

She faces the following charges:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

She is currently free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, with Judge Mizerock presiding.


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