Utility Employee Accused of Indecent Assault Due in Court This Week

| February 18, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A utility employee facing indecent assault and related charges stemming from an incident in Oil City is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing this week.

According to court documents, 28-year-old Anton Jamel Zachary, of Erie, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

He faces the following charges:

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

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, in Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish’s office.

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

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