Franklin Man Charged with Statutory Sexual Assault; Victim Jumps Out of Moving Vehicle During Chase

| August 25, 2015

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man was charged with Statutory Sexual Assault and other related charges Monday.

According to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s Office, Arron Lee Hoffman, 20, of Franklin, allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female early Monday morning in Cranberry Twp., Venango County.

Police say a chase ensued after a member of the girl’s family allegedly discovered Hoffman and the victim in a vehicle along Heckathorn Church Road.

The complaint, filed by Franklin-based State Police Trooper Kevin Doverspike, alleges that Hoffman drove at speeds in excess of 100 MPH with the victim in his vehicle, putting her in “fear of her life.” The victim subsequently jumped out of the vehicle while it was moving, according to the complaint.

The victim stated to police, “We were going really fast and I was really scared. He told me he’d let me out when we got far away from (the family member)”

Police did not indicate if the victim suffered injuries from jumping out of the vehicle; however, she was transported to UMPC Northwest.

The following charges were filed against Hoffman:

– Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older, Felony 2
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2

He was placed in the Venango County jail after failing to post $50,000 bail.

Hoffman faces a preliminary hearing on September 2 in Venango County Central Court.

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