Utility Employee Faces Indecent Assault Charges in Oil City

| February 14, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A utility employee is facing indecent assault and related charges stemming from an incident that occurred on Tuesday in Oil City.

According to court documents, the Oil City Police Department filed criminal charges against 28-year-old Anton Jamel Zachary, of Erie, on February 12.

According to a criminal complaint, Patrolman McDevitt, of the Oil City Police Department, conducted an investigation into a report of an indecent assault on Tuesday, February 12.

The victim reported that she had been assaulted by a utility vendor on February 11, 2019.

The victim stated that the employee, later identified as Anton Jamel Zachary, had entered her residence under the pretense of changing her utility bills. At this time, Zachary made unwanted sexual advances toward her, as well as lewd and sexual comments toward her, the complaint states.

The victim also stated that Zachary had made contact with her stomach and bare buttocks without her consent.

The victim repeatedly told Zachary “No,“ yet he continued, according to the complaint.

Patrolman McDevitt further learned the victim was speaking on the telephone with a known person. Patrolman Ruditis spoke with the witness who advised of hearing statements made by Zachary.

According to the statement provided to Patrolman Ruditis, Zachary was flirtatious with the victim and made comments regarding the female victim’s appearance.

Based on the above-listed facts and the fact that Zachary is transient in nature due to his employment, as well as being originally from the New York area, he was taken into custody, the complaint states.

He was arraigned at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, on the following charges in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office:

– Indecent Assault-W/O Consent Of Other, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post $75,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on February 20 in front of Judge Fish.


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