Meadville Man Gets Jail Time in Sexual Assault Case

| December 7, 2017

FRANKLIN Pa. (EYT) – A Meadville man who pleaded guilty in the case of a sexual assault of an underage girl in Sugarcreek Borough was sentenced on Tuesday to serve time in the Venango County Jail.

According to court documents, on Tuesday, December 5, 19-year-old Decoda Ray Hawk, of Meadville, was sentenced to three to 24 months, less one day by Judge Robert L. Boyer the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

He pleaded guilty on September 11 to a third-degree felony count of corruption of minors.

Work Release/Job Search was authorized for Hawk, subject to the eligibility requirements and the terms and conditions of the work release program, not to exceed six days per week. Employment is not to interfere with counseling sessions deemed necessary by Venango County Substance Abuse Program.

Hawk was ordered to 36 months of probation following jail time.

He is not allowed to have any contact with the victim.

Charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault were dismissed.

Details of the Case

According to a criminal complaint filed by Officer Highfield of Sugarcreek Borough Police Department, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 31, 2017, at a residence in Sugarcreek Borough.

Around 4:55 p.m., Officer Highfield was dispatched to the residence for a report of a 13-year-old female who was threatening to take her own life “because her stepfather just caught her having sexual relations with an 18-year-old man.”

The man was later identified as Decoda Hawk.

The girl told Officer Highfield that she did not have sex with Hawk, according to the criminal complaint.

She stated that the two were upstairs kissing when Hawk removed his pants and began to touch her genitalia.

The man put his pants on and left the residence after the girl’s stepfather walked up the stairs.

Officer Highfield asked the victim’s brother to text Hawk and determine his current location.

Hawk replied and stated he was at a business along Liberty Street in Franklin, according to the criminal complaint.

Officer Highfield arrived at the business and found Hawk sitting at a table. He was then taken into custody and processed at the Sugarcreek Police Department.

Hawk reportedly told Officer Highfield that he took his pants off to adjust them and was putting them back on when the girl’s stepfather walked up the stairs.

When Officer Highfield asked Hawk about the allegations, Hawk reportedly stated, “I don’t know why she said that. I was just adjusting my pants.”

He also told Officer Highfield that the situation was “blown out of proportion,” according to the criminal complaint.


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