Softball coach waives hearing on sexual assault charges

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

HANOVER TWP. — An assistant girls softball coach charged last month with having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph Halesey on Tuesday.

State police at Wyoming charged Charles Steven Kearney, 53, of Capouse Avenue, Scranton, after investigating claims by a teen girl. She alleged that she had a sexual relationship with the suspect for nearly a year.

The investigation began in March when the girl’s father questioned his daughter about how much time she had been spending with Kearney. The father claimed he discovered disturbing text messages on his daughter’s phone.

The girl allegedly told her father she was having a consensual relationship with Kearney that began last summer.

Kearney was charged May 21 with statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He will now face the charges in Luzerne County Court.

Kearney, an assistant coach with the Lackawanna Lightning softball club, a girls travel team, remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

By Ed Lewis

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