Franklin Man Accused of Texting Explicit Messages to Juvenile Due in Court Tomorrow

| January 21, 2020

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man is facing a hearing Wednesday on corruption of minors charges after he allegedly texted a juvenile, saying he wanted to “make love” to her.

Court documents indicate 40-year-old Lamont Antione Franklin is scheduled to stand for a hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, on one third-degree felony count of corruption of minors.

The charge stems from a report from a known juvenile victim in early December 2019.

According to a criminal complaint, a known juvenile victim and her mother reported that Lamont Franklin had sent messages to the victim around 9:22 p.m. on December 4 and told the victim he wanted to have sex with her.

The complaint notes Trooper Siegel, of the Franklin-based State Police, observed the text conversation between the victim and Franklin, which included Franklin telling the victim “I’m going to make love to u watch but keep tjis (this) bet8 (between) me and u.”

According to the complaint, a search of Franklin’s residence found no one living on the premises, and a check with Franklin Police Department revealed no forwarding address or known whereabouts.

Franklin was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, January 13.

Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, he remains lodged in the Venango County Jail.

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