Oil City Man Charged With Statutory Sexual Assault Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

| November 20, 2020

GavelCLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – An Oil City man charged with having sexual relations with a juvenile at a residence in Knox pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, November 18, 20-year-old Eric Glen Sharp entered a guilty plea on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of indecent assault in the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

As a result of the plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Person Less Than 16 Years Age, Felony 1
– Statutory Sexual Assault: 4-8 Years Older, Felony 2
– Aggravated Indecent Assault – Comp. Less Than 16, Felony 2
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1

Sharp is currently free on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that was reported in late June.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 4:00 p.m. on June 26, Chief Bowen, of the Knox Borough Police Department, was made aware that Eric Sharp allegedly had sexual relations with a known 15-year-old juvenile victim.

According to the complaint, through investigation police found that Sharp met the victim at a known residence in Knox Borough and then had sexual contact with the victim in a bedroom at the residence.

During the investigation, records of messages between Sharp and the victim were obtained in which the victim stated she was 15 years old prior to the incident where Sharp had sexual contact with her, the complaint indicates.

Sharp was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller at 5:00 p.m. on August 14.

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