Plains Township man arrested on child-sex charges

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A 13-year-old girl bit and punched a Plains Township man who forced her to perform a lewd sex act inside a city home last year, according to court papers filed Thursday.

Jonathan Paul Weaver, 21, of Williams Street, was arraigned by District Judge Richard Cronauer in Wilkes-Barre on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault and three counts of indecent assault. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Weaver was 20 at the time of the alleged assault on May 23, 2018.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police responded to an apartment in the 800 block of South Franklin Street to investigate a sexual assault on a teen girl.

The girl was later questioned by a forensic interviewer at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center.

During the interview, the girl claimed she was at a friend’s residence and Weaver wanted her to perform a lewd sex act. She said Weaver grabbed her hand and walked to a bathroom where he blocked her from leaving.

While in the bathroom, Weaver forced the girl to her knees to perform a sex act. That’s when the girl bit and punched Weaver in the groin.

By Ed Lewis

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