Oil City Man Accused of Hitting Young Girl in the Face with Wooden Paddle Waives Hearing

| January 4, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Charges against an Oil City man who allegedly struck a young girl in the face with a wooden paddle have been waived for court.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 54-year-old Russell Allen Kimes, of Oil City, were waived for court on Wednesday, January 2:

  • Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Kimes remains free on $15,000.00 unsecured bail.

Case details:

According to a criminal complaint, on Monday, December 3, Patrolman Rosenberger, of the Oil City Police Department, was notified by a delegate of CYS (Children and Youth Services) about a report that was made alleging that Russell Kimes had hit a known 11-year-old girl in the face with a wooden paddle.

Patrolman Rosenberger and a delegate of CYS traveled to the residence to speak with Kimes.

According to the complaint, upon arriving at the residence Patrolman Rosenberger saw the victim standing outside in the rain. She reported that no one was at the residence when she got off the bus.

The complaint notes that Patrolman Rosenberger observed two red and bruised marks on the victim’s face, one under her eye and another on her chin.

According to the complaint, Kimes arrived at the residence several minutes later.

Patrolman Rosenberger and the delegate from CYS then spoke to him about the incident which allegedly occurred on Saturday, December 1.

According to the complaint, Kimes stated that the children were outside playing, and when he went to tell them to come inside, the victim “wouldn’t listen” to him. He said that he then went outside with the paddle and struck the victim with it, leaving the two marks on her face. He then physically restrained the victim and took her inside the residence.

The complaint notes that Kimes stated he saw the marks on her face and “felt bad” about them, but never provided any medical treatment.

According to a report released by Patrolman Rosenberger, Kimes was arrested and all of the children were removed from the residence and placed elsewhere by CYS.

Kimes was arraigned at 6:10 p.m. on Monday, December 3, in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office.

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