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Former Lackawanna County Softball Coach Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

November 14, 2018

Former Lackawanna County Softball Coach Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

WILKES-BARRE — A Lackawanna County softball coach who pleaded guilty to child sex charges has been sentenced to serve up to two years in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Charles Steven Kearney, 53, of 1705 Capouse Ave., Scranton, will serve one to two years in jail followed by five years of probation after pleading guilty to sexual assault by a sports official, corruption of a minor and indecent assault of a person under 16. Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough imposed the sentence Friday, ordering Kearney to have no contact with the victim. According to prosecutors, state troopers began investigating Kearney in March after the girl’s father found “disturbing” message exchanges on her phone. The girl told police she had been seeing Kearney for about a year and they had begun a sexual relationship in July 2017. The sexual encounters took place in a wooded area in Ashley, at a home in Hanover Twp. and at Kearney’s residence in Scranton. When questioned about the girl’s statement, Kearney broke down in tears and left the police barracks, according to prosecutors. At the time of his arrest in May, Kearney was an assistant coach for the Lackawanna Lightning travel softball team. As part of his sentence, Kearney is barred from any softball team activities, and he will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Vough gave Kearney credit for 93 days time served but determined he is not eligible for work release. Kearney was remanded at the end of the hearing. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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