WILKES-BARRE — A man from Edwardsville provided candy and cupcakes to two children for their silence after he allegedly sexually assaulted them for more than a decade, according to the criminal complaint.
City police on Friday arrested Steven Dobson, 57, of Main Street, on five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, and one count each of rape of a child and statutory sexual assault. He was arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $200,000 bail.
Police were notified about the alleged sexual assaults by the children’s mother in February.
According to the criminal complaint:
A teen girl told police Dobson began sexually assaulting her when she was 4 or 5 years old, with the assaults ending before she told her mother earlier this year. The girl claimed Dobson gave her candy and gifts to ensure her silence.
The other girl told police Dobson began sexually assaulting her when she was 5 years old, and gave her cupcakes to keep quiet, the complaint says.
Both girls allegedly told police they thought the sexual activities by Dobson were normal due to their ages, but only when they got older did they realized they were being assaulted, according to the complaint.
The complaint describes graphic sexual assaults by Dobson in Wilkes-Barre and Edwardsville.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 10.