A Nesquehoning man accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl triggered protests outside a court hearing after he asked for, and got, visitation rights with a 2-year-old boy who allegedly witnessed the acts.
Jay Alan Ketch, of West High Street, was confronted by members of Bikers Against Child Abuse when he arrived at a preliminary hearing this week before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, according to a televised report.
According to the report, the bikers were there to support the alleged victim and protest Carbon County Judge Steven Serfass' ruling granting "partial supervised visitations" with the boy. The visitations are to be supervised by Ketch's friend, Charles Bott, who is neither a social worker nor a child advocate, according to the news report.
Ketch, 45, faces charges of aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering welfare of children. He was arraigned before Lewis on June 14 and released on 10 percent of the $50,000 bail imposed by Lewis.
Ketch was arrested by Trooper Eric Temarantz of the Fern Ridge barracks after the child told her mother on April 3 that Ketch had her touch him in an inappropriate manner. Ketch also allegedly showed the child pornography which was on his cell phone.
When interviewed by police, Ketch reportedly admitted that he has pornographic material on his cell phone, but "denied any wrongdoing in this case," according to an affidavit of probable cause.