HANOVER TWP. — A father and mother waived their rights to preliminary hearings Thursday on charges they did not stop their sons from sexually assaulting a girl.
John E. Davis, 43, of West Noble Street, Nanticoke, waived a single count of child endangerment to Luzerne County Court, while his wife, Laurie Ann Davis, 35, waived two counts of child endangerment to county court.
Nanticoke police said the parents were aware their two sons, Nicholas James Molino, 19, and a 16-year-old, had sex with the teenage girl but did not stop them, according to the criminal complaints.
Molino waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday, sending two counts of indecent assault to county court. The 16-year-old boy was petitioned to county juvenile court.
The cases were transferred to District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township from District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke due to a conflict of interest.
According to the criminal complaints:
A teenage girl told police on Jan. 29 she was sexually assaulted by a 16-year-old boy known to her. She said the boy’s parents, John Davis and Laurie Davis, knew about the assaults and did nothing to stop the acts.
Laurie Davis allegedly told a child caseworker she found out her son was having sexual relations with the girl about a year ago. She said she admonished her son, telling him, “You’re not suppose to do things like that. … You did not even use a condom. What if you got her pregnant?”
The girl said she was sexually assaulted by the 16-year-old boy on Jan. 27, two days before reporting the alleged assaults to police.
The Davis’ other son, Molino, was charged with molesting the same girl inside the family’s West Noble Street home on Sept. 20, the complaint says.