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Tamaqua man bound for court on child sexual assault charges

  • KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Joseph R. Delaney on his way to hearing.
    KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Joseph R. Delaney on his way to hearing.
Published February 09. 2011 05:00PM

A 32 year-old Tamaqua man is headed to Schuylkill County court on charges of sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy.

Joseph R. Delaney, 222 E. Broad St., Apt. 401, had been charged by Tamaqua Corporal Henry Woods with nine offenses and 33 total counts for incidents that occurred between May and November, 2010, during sleepovers with the boy at Delaney's apartment.

The boy's family contacted police on Jan. 9 and reported the alleged incidents. Woods arrested Delaney the following day.

Delaney had been lodged in county prison, Pottsville, before posting bail Tuesday morning.

He is free on $50,000 bail following his preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Stephen J. Bayer, Tamaqua.

Woods charged Delaney with four felony offenses and five misdemeanors.

Eighteen of the counts were bound over for court by Bayer while 15 counts were dismissed.

Charges on which Delaney was held for court include indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 (three counts) and with a child (three counts); indecent assault (three counts); indecent assault on a person less than 13 (two counts) and less than 16 (three counts); corruption of minors (one count); and indecent exposure (three counts).

Bayer dismissed all five counts of indecent forcible compulsion and all four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, forcible compulsion, as well as two counts each of indecent assault and indecent assault with a person less than 16.

One count each of indecent deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 and with a child were also dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint filed by police with Bayer, Delaney was questioned by Woods regarding the accusations by the boy's family and admitted to having inappropriate sexual contact with the victim on multiple occasions in his apartment during the summer of 2010.

The incidents included oral contact as well as fondling the boy's privates and sleeping naked with him on a fold-out couch, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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