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Lansford man facing charges

Published February 11. 2011 05:00PM

Lansford police Det./Sgt. Jack Soberick has charged Travis Williams, 21, of 702 E. Front St., Lansford, with indecent assault and indecent exposure stemming from incidents which took place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 28, 2010, at 347 W. Ridge St. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek of Lansford, here's what happened:

Soberick had been asked to participate in an investigation of an allegation of inappropriate contact between an adult and a girl that had been reported to on-duty officer Brian Zulic on or about Nov. 28, 2010.

The mother of the victim reported that her 12-year-old daughter had told her that Williams had allegedly exposed himself to her and that she had touched his privates with her hand. This was to have occurred some time before the date on which it was reported to police.

Initial written statements were obtained from the victim and her family. In this written statement the victim wrote that Williams had exposed himself to her and cause her to touch his privates. Subsequently, a forensic interview of the victim was conducted at the Childrens' Advocacy Center in Scranton. The interview was observed by Soberick and by Carbon County Children and Youth Services agency staff.

During the interview the victim related essentially the same facts that she had told her mother and police.

An interview was conducted with Williams and he denied any wrongdoing, specifically denying having exposed himself or having the victim touch his privates.

In Williams' written statement he expressed the belief that the allegations stemmed from an incident years ago and that he was being set up by his family and wrongly accused.

On Jan. 24, Williams volunteered to take a polygraph test and the test was conducted. As a result of the test Williams again agreed to speak with Soberick, this time admitting that he did expose himself to the child and had her touch his privates.

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