WILKES-BARRE — A man serving a sentence on a child sex offense was arrested recently by city police on similar allegations involving a different child.
Kareem Hassan Ford, 35, last known address as Almond Lane, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Thursday night by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors and open lewdness. He remained jailed Friday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Court records state Ford was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge William Amesbury on Dec. 15, 2010, to between one and two years in prison, followed by two years probation on a statutory sexual assault charge.
That case involved allegations by a 15-year-old girl who claimed Ford sexually assaulted her during a sleep-over at his residence in March 2010, court records show.
According to the most recent criminal complaint filed by city police: Police Detective Brent Sevison received a report on Aug. 29 from Luzerne County Children and Youth Services about a 13-year-old girl who might have been sexually assaulted.
The girl told authorities she was in a second-floor bedroom inside Ford’s Almond Lane residence about two years ago when he called her downstairs. When the girl went to the first floor, she alleged, Ford opened a robe he was wearing, exposing himself to her, the complaint states.
The girl claimed Ford made her lie on a couch where he sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 15 before District Judge Rick Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre.