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Police: Pittston Man Tried To Lure Boy Into Truck

March 23, 2019

PITTSTON — A city man free on bail while awaiting trial on child sex charges was hit Friday with charges alleging he tried luring a 10-year-old boy into his truck.

Austin Quick, 19, is accused of approaching the boy outside the child’s home along Broad Street sometime in late February.

According to the complaint, the boy, who knew Quick only by his first name, reported that Quick pulled up in a brown truck asking if he could get in touch with a 17-year-old girl who lives in the same apartment building.

When the boy said the girl wasn’t home, Quick asked if he wanted to go for a ride, police said. The boy told police he refused and Quick said, “Please,” the complaint says.

The boy told police he again refused and then went home, the complaint says.

A witness told police the boy came knocking on her door asking if she wanted to go for a ride with Quick and that she refused, police said. The witness reported that after the boy went back outside, she saw him get into Quick’s truck and that they left the area for about an hour before returning, the complaint says.

Police charged Quick with a felony count of child luring. Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz arraigned him on the charge Friday afternoon and denied bail, citing the danger Quick poses to the community.

A preliminary hearing was set for April 2.

Avoca police arrested Quick last March on child sex charges in three separate cases alleging he abused underage boys.

Police allege Quick sexually assaulted three boys at a victim’s home and in woods in the borough on several occasions in those cases. The charges allege Quick would go to the home of one of the victims to play video games and would also ride bikes with two of the victims, whom he had known for some time.

The alleged assaults began in June 2017 and lasted until January 2018, police said.

Court records show Quick was released on bail after posting a total of $150,000 bail through a bondsman.

Quick is facing three counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with children and corruption of minors in those cases. He is set to appear for a dispositional hearing before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. on June 28.

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