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Man charged with sexual assault of 2 children

A Jim Thorpe man has been charged with sexually assaulting two children.

According to the affidavit filed by Detective Lee Marzen of the Jim Thorpe Police Department in the case against William Shook:

On July 30, Jim Thorpe police officer Kyle Oliver took a report from a woman reporting that her granddaughter had been sexually assaulted by Shook, 42.

The incident was reported to have taken place in Jim Thorpe.

On Aug. 9, a forensic interview had been conducted at the Lehigh Valley Children’s Advocacy Center.

The 15-year-old indicated that her sexual abuse had started in Bethlehem when she was around 4 or 5 years of age.

She said that Shook had sexually assaulted her while living in Bethlehem and continued when the family moved to Jim Thorpe. During the interview, the girl said that her brother was also sexually assaulted by Shook.

Shook had been dating the children’s mother and had often watched the children while the mother was working or with friends.

The girl’s brother, who is now 14, was also interviewed at the Lehigh Valley Children’s Advocacy and said that Shook would wake him and his sister and then try to get both to go in the same room as him.

Shook would then attempt to have the siblings touch him.

If they argued, Shook became aggressive.

The boy reported that Shook would take him to the attic and attempt to touch him.

Shook faces counts on three charges of indecent assault; and one count each of criminal attempt; endangering welfare of children; unlawful contact with minor; indecent assault; criminal attempt; and indecent exposure.

Shook also has been charged with the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

In a separate affidavit, Marzen said the 15-year-old girl said that while in Jim Thorpe, Shook would try and get her to touch his private area.

The girl said that she recalled several times when she was between 7 and 15 years of age where Shook would sexually assault her and her older brother.

In that case, Shook faces charges of rape - forcible compulsion; rape of child; statutory sexual assault; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; sexual assault; indecent assault; criminal attempt; endangering welfare of children; unlawful contact with minor; and indecent assault.

Shook is in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, and scheduled to have a preliminary hearing March 22 before District Judge Eric M. Schrantz of Jim Thorpe.