Freeland man admits to repeated sexual assault of minor

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
Clyde Solt -

WILKES-BARRE — A Freeland man has pleaded guilty to a series of felonies after authorities said he raped a girl repeatedly.

His guilty plea comes months after his wife admitted she knew about the alleged rapes but allowed them to continue without alerting authorities.

Clyde Solt, 59, pleaded to felony counts that include involuntary deviate sexual assault by forcible compulsion.

Other charges were withdrawn by prosecutors in pursuance of a plea deal.

In June, the suspect’s wife, Christina, also of Freeland, pleaded guilty to a count of endangering the welfare of children for failing to report the alleged abuse.

Investigators say they first learned of the assaults after Mr. Solt reached out to therapists for help, seeking to stop his deviate sexual urges.

The therapists forwarded the information to Freeland police. Authorities say an investigation revealed Solt had been sexually assaulting the girl for years, beginning when she was only 8.

Mr. Solt was arrested in May 2017 and hit with a slew of charges.

Mrs. Solt was arrested soon after, as police accused her of never reporting the incidents. She told police she confronted her husband about the abuse, telling him to leave the home after a recurrence, but ultimately did not contact officers.

Mr. Solt has been in prison since his arrest for lack of $250,000 bail.

His wife’s sentencing is set for Oct. 15. She has been out on $50,000 bail since shortly after her arrest.

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By Patrick Kernan

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