Local Man Behind Bars for Allegedly Exposing His Genitals, Sexually Assaulting Woman at Sugar Valley Lodge

| February 8, 2024

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A local man is behind bars after he allegedly exposed himself and sexually assaulted a woman during an incident at an assisted living facility on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a release issued Thursday morning, the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department received a report regarding 67-year-old Lewis McNeely, formerly of Oil City, who allegedly exposed his genitals to a female and sexually assaulted her by touching her genitalia without consent.

Police say the incident occurred around 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, at Sugar Valley Lodge, in Sugarcreek Borough, Venango County.

According to police, McNeely was temporarily being housed at the facility, but he hasn’t been a resident at the Sugar Valley Lodge for more than three weeks.

Chief Wenner and Patrolman Corbett arrived at the lodge for further investigation; it was learned from staff members and by the victim that McNeely committed these acts while watching television in the common area, according to the release.

The staff members stated the victim had asked McNeely for $2.00 to get a drink and asked for a cigarette, which McNeely provided. The victim later went to the staff members to make a complaint about what happened after she received the money and cigarettes.

The victim told staff members that McNeely touched her genitalia above her pants and then proceeded to expose his genitals to her. The victim was questioned and asked if she gave consent for McNeely to touch her and she stated “No,” the release states.

She was then asked if she wanted to see McNeely’s genitalia and she stated “No,” the release notes.

The victim also stated that McNeely went to her room a few times and asked her for sexual intercourse. She declined. Officers spoke to McNeely who claimed he didn’t touch the victim, and he stated that he didn’t expose himself.

With written statements from staff members and other residents, the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department took Lewis McNeely into custody without incident and filed the following charges:

  • Indecent Assault, Misdemeanor 2
  • Indecent Exposure, Misdemeanor 2

McNeely was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick Lowrey.

Unable to post $15,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Venango County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 14, at 1:30 p.m., in front of Judge Lowrey.

EDITOR’S NOTE 1: Extreme graphic details were not included due to the sexual nature of the alleged crimes.
EDITOR’S NOTE 2: Several details were removed from this article to help protect the identity of the alleged victims.


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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to TheHockeyWriters.com as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 6 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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