Hearing continued for student accused of molesting girl at Plains school

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A preliminary hearing for an 18-year-old from Wilkes-Barre accused of sexually assaulting a female student inside a school was continued Friday because he wanted to speak to his mother.

It was the third time the hearing for David Royster, of New Alexander Street, was continued since his arrest March 20.

Royster grabbed a girl and shoved her into a hallway corner where he molested her inside the Plains Alternative Learning Center on Jan. 24, according to a criminal complaint.

The girl claimed she later received threatening messages on social media from Royster and his friends for reporting the alleged incident to school officials and police.

The complaint alleges the girl told a school official she was leaving the school store heading back to class when Royster grabbed and hugged her, and shoved her into a hallway corner where he touched her. She kept telling Royster to stop.

During an interview at the Luzerne County Children’s Advocacy Center, the girl told a forensic interviewer Royster covered her mouth and molested her, saying he wanted her to have his babies, the complaint states.

Royster remains jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $25,000 bail on charges of indecent assault, disorderly conduct, corruption of minors and intimidation of a witness or victim.

At his preliminary hearing Friday at the courthouse, Royster wanted to speak to his mother before going forward.

District Judge Joseph Spagnuolo Jr. rescheduled the hearing for May 4.

Royster is also facing unrelated charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for allegedly punching a male student inside the school March 16. A preliminary hearing on those charges is set for May 15.

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By Ed Lewis

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