Edwardsville Flea Market operator pleads guilty in molestation case

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
Wolfe - Courtesy WNEP

WILKES-BARRE — A 60-year-old Hanover Township man pleaded guilty Friday to a charge stemming from allegations he molested a girl for years at the Edwardsville Flea Market.

His sentence was also immediately imposed, avoiding prison time thanks to his time already served.

Howard Wolfe ran the flea market, and WNEP reported in May he was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.

Wolfe was initially charged with a felony count of indecent assault of a person less than 13, along with four related misdemeanors.

However, Wolfe pleaded guilty Friday to only a single misdemeanor count of indecent assault without the consent of another, with the remainder of his charges withdrawn by prosecutors.

Wolfe was immediately sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough to three to 23 months in prison. He was given credit for 266 days of time served.

Vough granted Wolfe an immediate parole, as Wolfe had already reached the minimum sentence. He was ordered to report to probation officers immediately upon his release.

Court records show this wasn’t Wolfe’s only run-in with the law.

He was arrested in 1996 and was charged with indecent assault of a person less than 16 and corruption of minors, to which he also pleaded guilty in 1997.

He was sentenced to a total of two years on probation for those counts.

According to WNEP, Wolfe built a reputation for acting inappropriately in Edwardsville.

https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Wolfe-1.jpgWolfe Courtesy WNEP

By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

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