WILKES-BARRE — A city man charged with having inappropriate contact with a teenage girl and fighting with police officers pleaded guilty Tuesday to related charges.
Ronald Franklin, 52, of Academy Street, entered the plea to two counts of indecent assault and one count each of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. said Franklin will be sentenced on Oct. 25.
Franklin must have no contact with the girl involved or anyone else under 18, and he cannot visit places minors frequent, Sklarosky said. Franklin will be required to register his address under Megan’s Law for 25 years.
Police were notified on Jan. 19 of the report of a 16-year-old girl who was touched inappropriately by Franklin, according to court papers.
Police said they spoke with the girl, who said she was on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre when a man started to follow her. The girl went into a nearby store, telling employees she was being followed. After she thought the man left, she started walking home.
On her way, the girl said, the man, later identified as Franklin, cornered her against a row house and fondled her. Franklin became startled by passing cars, and the girl went to an Academy Street house for help.
Police saw Franklin walking nearby, and the girl pointed him out. Police said Franklin yelled, “I didn’t do nothing” and that they could smell alcohol.
Franklin fought with police, they said. He was handcuffed after a struggle in which an officer said he injured his back.
An officer said Franklin tried to spit at him and later apologized for fighting with the officer and touching the girl.