Charges Ordered Held for Court Against New Bethlehem Man in Child Sex Case

ARMSTRONG CO., Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man facing charges after he allegedly used a social media application to arrange sexual encounters with an underage boy had two counts for held for court and two others dismissed on Thursday.

According to court documents, District Judge Kevin Lee McCausland ordered two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors held for court against 47-year-old Scott Carter Sherry, of New Bethlehem.

Two second-degree felony counts of the interference with custody of children were dropped.

Sherry remains free on $10,000.00 cash bail.

Case details:

According to a criminal complaint filed by Kittanning-based State Police Trooper Stivason, the investigation began on October 6, 2017, after the mother of the victim reported to Clarion-based State Police that Sherry had been contacting her son.

The criminal complaint indicates that the woman provided screenshots from her son’s cell phone showing messages between Sherry and the victim.

The victim also told his mother that he had sexual contact with Sherry, according to the criminal complaint.

An interview was conducted with the victim who indicated that Sherry contacted him through a mobile phone application called “Grindr.”

According to the criminal complaint, Sherry allegedly asked the victim to “hang out” resulting in the victim sneaking out of his house at night. Sherry then picked the victim up and took him back to his own house along Seminole Road in Mahoning Township, Armstrong County.

While at the residence, Sherry allegedly had sexual relations with the victim.

The victim told police that sexual contact occurred on two separate occasions and that no one else was at Sherry’s residence at the time of either incident, according to the criminal complaint.

The alleged incidents occurred between May 2017 and October 2017.

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