Nanticoke man requests hearing on sex assault charges

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man accused of forcing a woman to perform a sex act requested a hearing after he could not reach a plea deal with the district attorney’s office Wednesday.

Nanticoke police earlier this month arrested William E. Plunkett II, 38, after a woman claimed he forced her to perform a lewd act inside his residence on Phillips Street on April 9.

According to a criminal complaint:

A woman told police she awoke at 5 a.m. for work and Plunkett began arguing with her. She claimed Plunkett searched her cell phone and did not like what he saw.

Plunkett became enraged, struck the woman in the face and grabbed her by the neck. He then forced her onto her knees to perform a lewd act.

Plunkett later returned the phone to the woman and allowed her to leave.

Plunkett then resisted arrest, resulting in an officer suffering an arm injury.

Police also learned Plunkett was wanted by the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Department. Court records say a warrant was issued for Plunkett by Lackawanna County Court on March 8, charging him with violating probation on a 2017 guilty plea for drug paraphernalia possession.

In the latest case, Plunkett is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault, resisting arrest, simple assault and harassment. He remains jailed for lack of $35,000 bail.

Plunkett appeared for his preliminary hearing in Central Court and met privately with his court-appointed attorney, Brian C. Corcoran. After the private meeting, Plunkett opted for a hearing, which rescheduled the proceeding to May 4.

By Ed Lewis

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