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July 10. 2013 12:11AM

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WILKES-BARRE – A Freeland man police say assaulted his pregnant girlfriend after he claimed the child was not his was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months probation.

Daniel Delese Jr., 23, of Route 940, was sentenced on a charge of simple assault to which he pleaded guilty in May.

Luzerne County Judge David Lupas said Delese must serve his sentence consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving on two charges relating to the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

In the most recent case, on Dec. 7, Hazleton police spoke with Jolene McLean, 25, who said she was assaulted by her boyfriend and that she was seven weeks pregnant.

McLean told police Delese was fighting with her about the child not being his, and he wanted her to have an abortion, according to a criminal complaint.

Delese allegedly said he was going to kill the baby and struck McLean a number of times in the abdomen, according to the complaint. McLean later went to Hazleton General Hospital for a medical evaluation due to some bleeding.

McLean then told Delese to leave and told police he called 16 times later that day, stating he was going to take the baby from her. Delese originally faced other charges, including aggravated assault of an unborn child, but pleaded guilty to a single count of simple assault.

Lupas said Delese must: undergo a mental health and drug-and-alcohol evaluation, and participate in any treatment; complete anger management and batterer’s intervention courses and continue to cooperate in a First Steps family counseling program.

McLean, who is due to give birth any day, testified Tuesday she is now Delese’s fiancee and she wants Delese in her and their child’s life.

According to court documents, Delese’s sentence on the sexual assault charges concludes on July 20 after he violated the terms of his parole and was re-sentenced.

State police charged Delese in February 2011 after receiving a report that Delese had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl in Hazle Township. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors in September 2011 and was sentenced to to three to 23 ½ months in county prison.

Delese was paroled after serving the minimum, but he violated his parole when he was charged with assaulting McLean and has been lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since at least January.

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