Court Briefs


WB man gets state prison

for sex assaults on girl

WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man was sentenced to spend decades in state prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting a young girl.

Jorge Claudio Huapaya Jr., 38, was found guilty in March of six felony counts, including rape by forcible compulsion and indecent sexual assault of a person less than 16.

Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas sentenced Huapaya to an aggregate sentence of 16 to 34 years. He was given 460 days credit for time served.

He’ll also be required to registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life, and can neither frequent or work in places where children frequent.

Huapaya was arrested in March 2017 after a woman reported to police that Huapaya had been molesting her daughter since she was 4.

Police say Huapaya eventually told police he had sex with the girl sometime after she turned 12, occurring around five times between November 2016 and January 2017.

Inmate gets more time

for new child-sex charges

WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man already serving a state prison term on child-sex charges was sentenced to decades more behind bars Tuesday.

Tyler Groner, 26, has been serving a three-and-a-half to seven-year sentence in state prison since 2012 after pleading guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a 7-year-old.

In March, he pleaded guilty to charges in two additional cases that occurred before his time in prison. He entered guilty pleas to counts of indecent sexual assault of an unconscious person and involuntary deviate sexual assault of a child, records show.

Appearing before Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas, Groner was sentenced to an aggregate of 17 to 34 more years in state prison, which will be served after he completes his current term.

Groner will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

He was sent back to state prison to continue serving his time.

By Patrick Kernan