Sex Offender To Serve Up To 16 Years For Assault

November 14, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A registered sex offender who was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman has been sentenced to serve up to 16 years in prison. Charles David Kocher, 45, of 165 Franklin St., Plymouth, was sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison after previously pleading guilty to aggravated assault and unlawful restraint charges. Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough imposed the sentence, ordering Kocher to have no contact with the victim. Kocher was arrested in February after police found him in a parking lot next to Sager’s Service Center on Breaker Road. Outside the car police saw several beer cans and a roll of duct tape. Inside was a woman with injuries to her wrist who claimed Kocher had bound her hands. The woman reported Kocher had been driving around and refused to take her home, prosecutors said. Instead, Kocher taped her wrists and ankles and stunned her with a Taser about 10 times, according to prosecutors. The woman also alleged Kocher choked her and touched her breasts and genitals. Kocher is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to four to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to forcible rape in a 2000 case. Kocher was initially charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, indecent assault, making terroristic threats and other crimes. The kidnapping and indecent assault charges were previously dropped, and Kocher in September pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, simple assault, making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and strangulation. In imposing the sentence, Vough gave Kocher credit for 274 days time served. Contact the writer: jhalpin@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2058

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