Tamaqua man arraigned on sexual assault charges
Kathy Kunkel/times news Joseph R. Delaney covers his face while being escorted out of Thursday's arraignment before District Judge Stephen Bayer of Tamaqua.
A 32-year-old Tamaqua man has been charged with sex crimes related to his involvement with an 11-year-old boy.
Joseph R. Delaney, of 222 E. Broad St., was arraigned before District Judge Stephen Bayer, of Tamaqua, who set bail of $100,000 straight cash bond on Thursday afternoon. Delaney was taken to Schuylkill County prison since he couldn't make bond.
He was charged with felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with forcible compulsion, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault on a person younger than 13, as well as misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, indecent assault with forcible compulsion, indecent assault on a person younger than 13, indecent assault on a person younger than 16, corruption of minors and indecent exposure.
Delaney allegedly sexually assaulted his young victim multiple times between May and November of 2010 during sleepovers held at Delaney's apartment. The boy's family contacted police on Jan. 9 concerning the alleged incidents.
Delaney was interviewed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods on Jan. 10 and admitted to inappropriately touching the boy, beginning last May. In the affidavit of probable cause, Delaney allegedly told Cpl. Woods the two would sleep together, naked, on a fold out couch. He also admitted touching the boy inappropriately, both when he was naked and when he was clothed.