Leon Crosby faces aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault charges

Last updated: August 06. 2014 11:56PM - 1232 Views
By James O’Malley jomalley@civitasmedia.com

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WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man who allegedly assaulted an employee at the Osterhout Free Library on July 24 will have his case heard in Luzerne County Court.

Leon Crosby, 26, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning via video from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. He has been held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Prosecutors withdrew a simple assault charge during the proceeding with District Judge Thomas Sharkey. Crosby will still face charges of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

City police say Crosby assaulted a woman in the back of the library on South Franklin Street as she was putting books on shelves.

According to the affidavit, he approached the employee asking about books and was directed to the front of the library twice before he pulled her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The woman screamed, the police report said, which attracted the attention of her co-workers and Crosby fled the scene.

An anonymous witness told the Times Leader after the alleged attack that Crosby then walked out of the library past patrons “like nothing happened.”

Police arrested Crosby shortly afterward, and he was arraigned in the afternoon by District Judge Diana Malast. He mumbled delayed responses to the judge’s questions and otherwise sat silently.

The police report listed Davis Place as Crosby’s last known address, however two men at the library said he stays at a homeless shelter with them.

As officers led him away from his arraignment, Crosby told reporters “I apologize.”

A formal arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 10.

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